Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled ‘The Shining’ shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump’s shoes MORE (S.C.) said Sunday that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE‘s (D-Calif.) job is at risk.
“Her job is very much at risk,” Graham, a staunch defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG’s new powers: ‘Trump is now on the offense’ Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus.”
“Seventy percent of the Democratic base wants President Trump impeached. She knows that impeachment would be political suicide because there’s no reason to impeach the president. So she’s trying to keep the party intact. If she goes down the impeachment road, Republicans take back the House, we keep the Senate, President Trump gets reelected.”
Pelosi has faced increased pressure from many members of her party in recent weeks to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.
The California lawmaker, however, has maintained that beginning proceedings is premature.
Trump and Pelosi engaged in a war of words all last week.
The president said he would not work with Democrats on their legislative priorities unless they end their investigations, which he views as an attempted “redo” of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a ‘do-over’ Graham: Mueller investigation a ‘political rectal exam’ MORE’s probe.
He walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: ‘This is what a cover up looked like’ under Obama Pelosi: Trump ‘is engaged in a cover-up’ MORE (D-N.Y.) moments after Pelosi said Democrats think Trump is engaging in a “cover-up” by refusing to cooperate with investigations.
The Democratic leader later said that she thinks Trump is “just crying out” for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against him as a way to distract from scandals plaguing his administration.
“Per usual, the Senator has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about,” Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, told The Hill in an email.
–This report was updated at 12:40 p.m.