Sen. Graham: Pardoning Rioters Would 'Destroy' Trump (Fox News/"Sunday Morning Futures")
By Eric Mack | Sunday, 17 January 2021 01:52 PM
President Donald Trump did not incite the storming of the Capitol, but he should not pardon those who did either, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., seeking full prosecution of perhaps even some of his own voters.
"You tried to intimidate us all; you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Graham told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo. "To seek a pardon of these people would be wrong.
"I think it would destroy President Trump, and I hope we don't go down that road."
Graham added he did not care if those charged in the breach committed violence or merely "spread flowers on the floor."
"There are a lot of people urging the president to pardon folks who participated in defiling the Capitol, the rioters," Graham told Bartiromo. "I don't care if you went there and spread flowers on the floor, you breached the security of the Capitol, you interrupted a joint session of Congress."
Conversely, the House Democrats – joined by 10 never-Trump House Republicans – are equally wrong to seek a post-administration impeachment of Trump, Graham added.
"If we embrace an unconstitutional impeachment of Donald Trump after he's out of office, it will destroy the party," Graham concluded. "The Republican party wants to move forward.
"President Trump's going to be the most important voice in the Republican party for a long time to come. He's going to accept responsibility for his part Jan. 6, but impeaching him after he leaves office is not only unconstitutional from a Republican point of view, it would destroy our party."