Lindsey Graham Warns Against Witnesses in Donald Trump Trial, Sparks 'Bring In the FBI' Calls

Senator Lindsey Graham's warning about calling witnesses in former President Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial has sparked demands to do exactly that.

Graham has said the FBI would be called in to the Senate trial if Democrats call any witnesses—potentially causing the trial to stretch for months, which he said "would be bad for the country."

The Republican senator has previously warned against witnesses being called and also criticized the House for not calling any before impeaching Trump over "Inciting an Insurrection" charges in relation to the Capitol riot that left five dead.

Asked about the prospect of witnesses, Graham told Fox News on Monday: "If you open up that can of worms we'll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people actually pre-planned these attacks and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol.

"You open up Pandora's box if you call one witness, I hope we don't call any and we vote and get this trial over next week—when it starts."

Lindsey Graham repeats his warning not to call witnesses during the trial. He says if Democrats vote to call a single witness, “we’ll want the FBI to come in” pic.twitter.com/FqtDfUBWdL

— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 2, 2021

He also urged Democrats not to turn the trial into a "political commercial" against Trump and Republicans.

A clip of the exchange has been viewed more than 2.3 million times on social media.

Following Graham's remarks, the phrase "Bring in the FBI" began to trend on Twitter, with many sharing a clip of Graham's Fox News interview.

Prominent figures joined the chorus for federal investigators to be called as witnesses in the trial, which is scheduled to begin next week.

Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted a clip of Graham's interview, writing: "Absolutely bring in the FBI, Lindsey. Do it. Go ahead."

Absolutely bring in the FBI, Lindsey. Do it. Go ahead. https://t.co/JPAlyuKYLh

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 2, 2021

Brian Kemp, White House correspondent for Playboy and political analyst for CNN, tweeted: "Open Pandora's Box. Do it. Bring in the FBI, and prosecute everyone that participated in the insurrection. Leave no stone unturned."

Replying to that tweet, Mary Trump, the ex-president's niece, tagged Graham and urged: "PLEASE bring in the FBI."

Her tweet, which included a slight at interviewer Trey Gowdy, was liked more than 16,000 times in under 7 hours.

1) Trey Gowdy does a terrible Anderson Cooper imitation. 2) PLEASE bring in the FBI.

— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) February 2, 2021

Last week, Graham warned against Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli or the "QAnon Shaman," being allowed to testify in the upcoming proceedings.

Albert Watkins, a lawyer for Chansley—who faces charges for storming the Capitol while wearing a horned hat—revealed to Newsweek his client would be willing to testify and believes Trump betrayed him by refusing him a pardon.

Graham responded by saying Chansley's appearance at the trial could turn it into a "complete circus" that might "go for months."

During the trial, the Senate sits as a High Court of Impeachment. According to the Upper House's website, during such a trial "senators consider evidence, hear witnesses, and vote to acquit or convict the impeached official. In the case of presidential impeachment trials, the chief justice of the United States presides."

A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required to convict. If convicted, Trump could be disqualified from holding public offices in the future.

Lindsey Graham in Washington D.C.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) takes his mask off as he arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 7. Graham has urged Democrats not to turn the trial into a "political commercial" against Trump and Republicans and said he hopes they do not call any witnesses. Alex Wong/Getty