I’m surprised to find him contradicting Trump this sharply, especially so soon after TrumpWorld intimidated him into using the Judiciary Committee to investigate the Bidens and Burisma. The developing GOP party line is that the president was right to pressure Zelensky to look into the supposedly missing CrowdStrike server because it could prove that the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta was actually a Ukrainian false flag operation. Maybe they made it look like Russia did the hacking in order to frame their archenemy, Putin, for the crime. And they did such a sweet-ass job of it that they convinced literally everyone in the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy that the Kremlin was responsible. Only the supposedly missing server, which is apparently on display at DNC headquarters right next to a file cabinet that was broken into during Watergate, can reveal the truth.
Graham’s not having it, which makes this possibly the first issue raised during the Ukraine impeachment process on which he and Mitt Romney completely agree. Do the president and his allies need to give him another rhetorical beating like they did on the Biden matter to put him back on the same page as them?
I don’t think it would work in this case, actually. Graham is normally a loyal servant of the president’s but there’s one consistent noteworthy exception to that rule.