Ever since the Ukraine scandal first became public knowledge back in mid-September of last year, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has repeatedly tried to minimize the fact that President Donald Trump sought to extort the government of Ukraine for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for military aid that had been appropriated on a bipartisan basis by Congress.
For example, as recently as January 15, here’s what Graham had to say about the Senate impeachment trial:
“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. And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate.”
And now it’s clear that Graham wants to get impeachment off the front burner of the news cycle because he has something of his own to hide when it comes to Ukraine.
The Daily Beast reports that Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, gave a letter to Senator Graham back in 2018:
“In late 2018, Rudy Giuliani said he delivered an unusual missive to Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to the lawyer of one of his ex-associates: a letter calling for sanctions on a host of Ukrainian government officials, including one widely viewed in the West as a brave reformer and another who helmed the company where Hunter Biden was a board member.”
The important line in that paragraph is this one: “A letter calling for sanctions on a host of Ukrainian government officials, including one widely viewed in the West as a brave reformer and another who helmed the company where Hunter Biden was a board member.”
Why would someone working for the president want sanctions on a Ukrainian reformer and a person who had connections to Hunter Biden?
Probably because a reformer would be likely to blow the whistle on any wild schemes Giuliani was trying to hatch and someone heading the company Hunter Biden served on the board of might have been able to report back to Ukrainian authorities that Giuliani and his henchmen were going around Kyiv looking for dirt on the Bidens. If that company bigwig were under sanctions, Giuliani might be able to use that as leverage.
Much of Graham’s full connection to the Ukraine scandal remains unclear at this point , but with more information coming out daily, we’ll probably know more very soon.