Graham, a juror in the Senate trial and ally of the President, explained to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday why he praised Schiff, saying he believed their team delivered a good presentation.
“He’s well spoken, did a good job of creating a tapestry, taking bits and pieces of evidence and emails and giving a rhetorical flourish, making the email come alive — sometimes effectively, sometimes a little over the top,” the South Carolina Republican said about Schiff, who has been laying out the House’s case against Trump.
“A professional compliment, I would call it, by another prosecutor,” Whitehouse told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” Thursday of the moment between Graham and Schiff.
“It was sort of a nice human moment in which Sen. Graham, who I think are adversaries on this subject but friends, both stopped to congratulate a man who had a hard day, but a good day,” he said.
Whitehouse, a Democrat, argued that you can “agree or disagree on what conclusions to draw,” but that Schiff did a “very good job as an advocate in a very long day on the Senate floor yesterday.”
Graham said Thursday that Democrats “did a good job of taking bits and pieces of evidence and creating a quilt of it.”
“So what I’ll tell my colleagues is the other side gets to talk, and see if they can pull a thread here and pull a thread there, and see if it holds up,” he added.
He then suggested that House mangers haven’t done a good job dismissing questions he has regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s ties to the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma.
“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham, of South Carolina, said last month, adding, “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”
Graham held a news conference on Wednesday to say it would be an “uphill battle” for him to vote to convict Trump, since “the best group of people to pick a president are the voters — not a bunch of partisan politicians.”
CNN’s Jeremy Herb and Alex Rogers contributed to this report.