In a closed-door meeting with his colleagues on Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) thought he had a brilliant idea.
He told GOP Senators that they should send a letter to House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi saying Senate Republicans would not vote to remove President Trump from office over the Impeachment inquiry.
Importantly, they would send the letter as soon as possible, in the hope of killing the Impeachment inquiry before it had finished.
Turns out other GOP Senators were not so hot on the idea of such a blatantly partisan ruse, nor to debase themselves for Trump.
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told The Hill:
“I will sign the letter, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s necessarily a good idea,” adding: “We don’t need distractions right now.”
Another GOP Senator who wanted to remain anonymous said in stark terms:
“One of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard from Lindsey.”
“He’s trying to help but it’s going to backfire,” the senator added. “If there aren’t enough signatures the president is going to look really weak.”
Another GOP senator said they were concerned the letter would shift the focus onto perceived splits within the Republican caucus, based on who did or did not sign the letter.