Lindsey Graham Threatens to Switch Focus to Kamala Harris at Donald Trump's Senate Trial

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested the focus could be shifted to Vice President Kamala Harris at Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial if it is drawn out, telling Democratic lawmakers: "Be careful what you wish for."

Graham has repeatedly insisted witnesses should not be called, saying that if this is done by Democrats then Republicans in turn will want to call their own.

This could see the process drawn out for weeks or even months, Graham said previously, adding that in his opinion the proceedings should run as quickly as possible.

Speaking to Sean Hannity on Fox News, he made these same points on Tuesday before turning his comments to Harris.

"If you're going to pursue this, and you wanna start calling witnesses, and you want to drag this thing out, it would be fair to have Kamala Harris' tape play where she bailed people out of jail," he said.

"What more could you do to incite future violence, than to pay the bail of the people who broke up the shops and beat up the cops.

"How's that not inciting future violence? Be careful what you wish for my Democratic colleagues, be careful what you wish for."

It is unclear what Graham is specifically referring to when he mentions letting the "tape play."

However, Harris shared a link to a bail fund last June in the midst of protests, encouraging people to "chip in" to "help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota."

Newsweek has contacted Graham's office for further comment. The White House has also been contacted for comment on Graham's remarks.

Graham has repeatedly said he thinks Trump's Senate trial should only take a few days but the timeframe is dependent on Democrats' actions.

"If there's an effort by the Democrats to call a single witness in the United States Senate, they had no record in the House, there will be delay of this trial, there will be a Pandora's box being opened," Graham said on Fox previously. "We will want witnesses and this thing will go on for weeks if not months."

He previously suggested Republicans would "want the FBI to come in" if witnesses are called to outline details of the attack on the Capitol—the event at the center of Trump's impeachment. "Bring in the FBI" then began to trend on Twitter.

Trump's representatives released details of his defense for his impeachment trial on Tuesday, which is largely focused on an argument that the Senate does not have the power to take action against him because he is no longer in office.

A previous vote on the constitutionality of the trial indicated it is unlikely enough GOP senators would vote against Trump for him to be convicted.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2021 in Washington, D.C. He has said calling witnesses could see Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial drawn out. Alex Wong/Getty Images