According to President Donald Trump and his defenders, he’s did absolutely nothing wrong or the least bit incorrect with his insistence that Ukraine investigate the Biden family in exchange for a release of nearly $400 million in military assistance that was allocated by Congress.

Specifically, Trump has repeatedly asserted that his phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect” and there was absolutely “no quid pro quo” even though multiple witnesses to the call have testified otherwise under oath, unlike Trump, who hasn’t even agreed to give written responses under oath in the impeachment inquiry.

But on Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) seemed to suggest that Trump was indeed guilty of something and should be censured for it instead of impeached, telling reporters:

“Who am I to advise my Dem colleagues about what to do. Censure would probably gain some bipartisan support… the country going through an impeachment trial would be traumatic and I think we should avoid that if possible.”

Wait a damn minute! If Trump did nothing wrong, why should he be censured? His phone call was perfect, wasn’t it? 

For over a month now, Graham has been leading the charge against there being so much as a cursory glance by Congress when it comes to the Ukraine scandal, suggesting the entire matter is just an attempt to destroy Trump. So why is he suddenly in favor of censure when the whole thing is an attempt to embarrass the president?

Here’s why Graham is suddenly singing a different tune: Because he knows Trump did indeed cross the line and he’s terrified that a Senate trial will expose all kinds of other illegal and immoral actions by the president. 

How do you know when someone is guilty as homemade sin? When their defenders start trying to bargain for a plea deal. 

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