Despite ongoing demands for new witness testimony during President Trump's impeachment trial, testimony House managers refused to compel before transmitting articles to the upper chamber earlier this month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Graham is confident the entire process will be over by Friday.
"I'm increasingly optimistic this ends Friday. I think the question is whether we should have additional testimony from witnesses that the House refused to call. Lets assume for a moment that John Bolton would say what the New York Times said he would say, 'The President told me to put a freeze on the aid because I want to look at the Bidens.' I'm paraphrasing. The President had every reason to want to look at the Bidens. The House managers told us there's not a scintilla of evidence the Bidens did anything wrong, this has been completely debunked, thoroughly investigated. That is a complete lie. The defense team destroyed the House's case," Graham said during an interview Tuesday night with Fox News. "If after listening to Pam Bondi you're okay with how Hunter Biden conducted himself in the Ukraine and you're okay with Joe Biden not having a clue of what was going on, that's more about you that it is about anything else. There's a mountain of evidence that the Biden's were involved in corruption. The President would have been wrong not to ask the Ukrainians to help given what we know about Hunter Biden and Joe Biden."
"The President will be acquitted and I think it will be this week. But you've unleashed the forces of partisan hell on future presidents if you legitimize this," he continued. "I think the vote on Friday is going to get us to a vote to acquit the President before the State of the Union is my hope."
Senator Ted Cruz is also expressing confidence President Trump will be acquitted.
Sen. @tedcruz: "It is clear the House managers failed to meet their burden. They failed to demonstrate an impeachable offense. They didn't even so much as allege the President committed a crime -- the Constitution requires high crimes and misdemeanors." pic.twitter.com/tg2hL9WDBJ— The Hill (@thehill) January 28, 2020