Franklin Graham to anti-Trumpers: 'Give it a rest'

Thursday, September 26, 2019
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Rev. Franklin Graham is telling Democratic leaders to "give it a rest" as they revamp efforts to impeach President Donald Trump for allegedly jeopardizing American security while speaking with the Ukrainian president about Joe Biden.

At the same time, the GOP is urging the former VP to release the transcripts of his problematic calls with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders.

"I wish President @realDonaldTrump's enemies would give it a rest," Graham tweeted Monday. "For 2 years all the American people heard was collusion. Not true. Then accusations seemed to come out of the woodwork by various women. Then all we heard was impeachment. Now it's a whistleblower claim."

He indicated Democrats should just let Trump do his job, rather than having to defend himself from their barrage of attacks.

"President @realDonaldTrump was elected to do a job," Graham said in his next tweet. "Let's pray for him, that God will give him wisdom to make the right decisions for the American people and to do his job well."

Back and forth

Graham's plea comes in the midst of Democrats claiming Trump's conversation with the Ukraine regarding Biden's son is impeachable.

"Top congressional Democrats made clear Wednesday they will stay the course on impeachment after the release of a rough transcript of President Trump's controversial July call with Ukraine's president, though the document did not demonstrate an explicit quid pro quo as some reports originally had suggested," Fox News reported.

But House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) continues to press the issue. "This is a classic Mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader," Schiff insisted.

But at the same time, top Republicans are pressing the former vice president.

"The Republican National Committee presented a challenge to Joe Biden on Tuesday, after the Democratic presidential candidate called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump," TheBlaze pointed out, as the president indicated he would release the whole transcript of his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy soon after allegations of an anonymous whistleblower claiming Trump's impropriety in the exchange.

Then, Republicans struck back

"RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel then called on the former vice president to release the transcripts of his own conversations with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders," TheBlaze's Breck Dumas noted before relaying the GOP leaders' quote.

"Once again, Joe Biden has shown he is just as extreme as the rest of the 2020 Democrats who are desperate to bring President Trump down," McDaniel's statement reads. "Instead of backing a baseless impeachment effort, Biden should be answering for the only scandal that exists: Why a corrupt Ukrainian company paid his son $50,000 a month to lobby the Obama-Biden administration, and why Biden threatened the Ukrainians if they failed to fire a prosecutor investigating the company. Now that the President has authorized the release of the transcript of his call with President Zelenskiy, we call on Biden to release the transcripts of his calls as Vice President with Ukrainian and Chinese leaders while his son was conducting shady business deals in those countries."

Trump has maintained his bringing up Biden in the conversation was not an act of impropriety.

"On Monday, Trump told reporters at the United Nations in New York that he did raise the topic of Biden and his son, Hunter, when speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25," WND recounted. "In March 2016, the former vice president demanded that then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin or not receive $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees."

As Democrats strive to put the focus back on Trump, more and more evidence points to Biden's unscrupulous dealings abroad.

"The prosecutor [Biden] got fired was leading a wide-ranging corruption probe into the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings that employed Biden's younger son, Hunter, as a board member," The Hill's investigative reporter John Solomon maintained.

Trump insisted he did nothing wrong in his call with Zelenskiy.

"We had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine," the president contended, according WND. "Everybody knows it. It's just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again. They failed with Russia, they failed with recession, they failed with everything."

After being asked if he took Democrats' call for his impeachment over the situation seriously, he didn't appear fazed.

"Not at all," Trump replied. "The one who's got the problem is Biden, [be]cause you look at what Biden did – Biden did what they would like to have me do except for one problem. I didn't do it. What Biden did is a disgrace. What his son did is a disgrace."

The 45th president then defended his line of questions regarding the Bidens.

"[America is supporting the Ukraine and] we want to make sure that country is honest," he added. "If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country you think is corrupt?"

The commander-in-chief further backed up his words, saying he is held accountable for his words and actions.

"On Sunday, Trump told reporters at the White House his calls to foreign leaders are monitored and the contents are often recorded, so he has no expectation of privacy, and therefore all the more reason to be careful what he says," WND explained.

Trump clarified, impressing that all his actions are checked.

"I don't assume I'm talking (just) to the leader," the president stressed, according to WND. "Any time I'm on the phone with a foreign leader, many, many people are on the line."

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