In late September, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters, "If you're looking for a circumstance where the president of the United States was threatening the Ukraine with cutting off aid unless they investigated his political opponent, you'd be very disappointed. That does not exist."
We now know, of course, that the senator was wrong. The evidence that Donald Trump did exactly that is plain, obvious, and uncontested.
A month later, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman set an important standard in the president's Ukraine scandal: "If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing."
Again, it's now overwhelmingly clear that Trump was actually engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the July 25 phone call between the American president and Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelenskiy.
So, the South Carolinian must be "very disturbed," right? Wrong.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Tuesday that he would not be reading two newly released deposition transcripts, calling the Democratic-led impeachment probe a "bunch of BS."
Graham's comments came hours after House investigators released transcripts of the depositions of Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine.
Let's not forget that it was less than a month ago when Graham also published a tweet insisting that if House Democrats refused to release the "full transcript" of Kurt Volker's testimony it would be "an abuse of power."
House Democrats released that transcript. Soon after, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee suggested he didn't want to read the materials, ignoring his demands from early October.
Graham's inconsistencies and hypocrisy are likely to do lasting harm to his reputation, but I think there are a couple of related angles that make this story even more damaging.