Lindsey Graham Congratulates Adam Schiff After Impeachment Trial Day 2: 'Good Job...Very Well Spoken'

Despite the contentious nature of President Donald Trump's ongoing Senate trial, two of the most prominent figures from either side shared a genial moment Wednesday when GOP Senator Lindsey Graham congratulated Democratic representative and impeachment manager Adam Schiff on his day's performance.

HuffPost reporter Ryan Reilly captured the exchange at the end of Wednesday's proceedings, and tweeted photographs of the two men shaking hands outside a lift in the Capitol building.

Reilly reported that Graham told Schiff, "Good job," adding, "Very well spoken." Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is also seen in the photos, smiling as Graham and Schiff interacted. The same exchange was reported by NBC News journalist Frank Thorp.

Schiff—the chair of the House Intelligence Committee—has become one of the most visible Democratic lawmakers in Trump's impeachment and subsequent Senate trial.

Now one of the impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Schiff is part of the team prosecuting the case against the president.

The California congressman has become a lightning rod for Republican criticism, drawing repeated vociferous attacks from the president himself. Trump has branded his impeachment nemesis "Shifty Schiff," and described him as a "deranged human being" and a "liar."

Graham, meanwhile, has emerged as one of Trump's closest allies in the Senate, despite his initial opposition to Trump when he was running for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has been among the loudest voices criticizing the entire impeachment process.

Earlier this month, the South Carolina senator said, "The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president."

Like Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Graham has made no secret of his intentions. Senators swore an oath of impartiality before proceedings began, but Graham had already said multiple times he would not serve as a neutral juror.

In December, Graham said, "I have clearly made up my mind. I'm not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process." He vowed to "do everything I can to make it die quickly" and admitted, "I'm not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here."

Graham also accused Schiff of "doing a lot of damage to the country" and said he "needs to stop."

The Republican majority is expected to comfortably acquit the president. Trump has lauded the unity of the GOP in the face of his trial, dismissing the process as a "hoax" and an electoral ploy by his Democratic opponents.

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Senator Lindsey Graham is pictured during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 9, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty