Graham Announces Judiciary Committee Will Hold Hearings on Russia Investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says his committee will begin looking at “all things related” to the Russia investigation in June. 

Graham’s comments come as Republicans have increasingly focused on what they allege is prosecutorial misconduct in several aspects related to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Donald Trump’s campaign.

On Thursday morning, Trump offered up a suggestion for a witness for the committee, “If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama.”

“He knew EVERYTHING. Do it [Lindsey Graham] just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!” he added. 

However, speaking to reporters, Graham dismissed that idea, “I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that’s even possible.”

He cautioned, “I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for.”

But, in a separate statement, Graham said, “Both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other. If nothing else it would make for great television. However, I have great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”

He added that his committee would “begin holding multiple, in-depth congressional hearings regarding all things related to Crossfire Hurricane starting in early June.”

Crossfire Hurricane was the name given to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into whether members of Trump’s campaign were colluding with Russian operatives to help swing the presidential election.

Specifically, Graham said the Judiciary Committee would examine the Justice Department’s decision to file a motion to drop its prosecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn,

He also said the panel would look at requests from members of former President Barack Obama’s administration to unmask an American, who turned out to be Flynn, listed in intelligence reports.

“We must determine if these requests were legitimate,” Graham said.

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified and sent a list of unmasking requests to Congress. That list was released to the public on Wednesday, as IJR reported

That list showed that “16 authorized individuals” made unmasking requests between November 2016 and January 2017. 

“Each individual was an authorized recipient of the original report, and the unmasking was approved through NSA’s standard process, which includes a review of the justification for the request,” the document read.

It added, “While the principals are identified below, we cannot confirm they saw the unmasked information. This response does not include any requests outside of the specified time-frame.”

While former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper maintained that those requests were appropriate, Republicans suggested Obama administration officials were illegally “eavesdropping” on associates of Trump.

Additionally, Graham said he would look into alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain surveillance warrants of Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“My goal is to find out why and how the system got so off the rails,’ he said.

In December, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that there were several errors and omissions in FISA applications for Page.

Finally, Graham said he would examine whether it was appropriate to appoint Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation.

“Was there legitimate reason to conclude the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians?” Graham asked.

Responses

  1. He hasn’t the Guts that the DemonRats have when they go after what they want full force.
    Time to subpoena them all, Obama at the end.

  2. I find the below interesting since Congress approved/hired Mueller and, at that time, both the Senate ~and~ the House were Republican controlled. So is a Republican led Senate committee and the Senate now preparing to investigate themselves? “Finally, Graham said he would examine whether it was appropriate to appoint Robert Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation.”

  3. Graham working mightily to get back his place as THE ETERNAL ASS HOLE’S number 1 ass kisser.

    1. Yea he is working hard to do just that. The only problem with your statement johnny the butt is that he will once again kiss the eternal asshole of the #1 obutticus (the nero wannabe) and drop all investigations. He likes to pound his chest and act like a big man just like you and your totalitarian communist party. Unfortunately for you and your party, most Americans have found out the truth about your TREASONOUS actions and are now in the process of making you pay the price. You will pay the price for treason.

      1. Trump will pay the price for treason in front of a firing squad

        1. Tom are you threatening the President? You garbage has been reported to Secret Service.

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    2. John, go commit an anatomical impossibility on yourself. Pathetic, crybaby, pissy diapered libtard.

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