Earlier today, Lindsey Graham was asked about the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings with AG William Barr over the Mueller report. Senator Graham told Fox News that if he were Trump, he would not give in to the demands of the Democrat Party leaders, saying he would “fight them,” Graham continued, “I don’t think this is oversight,” clarifiying, “I think this is trying to destroy him [Trump] and his family.” Graham said in his view, that this is “more about trying to destroy Trump claimed the only thing the Democrats are trying to do is retry the 2016 election.
Graham said if he were the President, he would not “give in to these demands about everything I’ve done” because he beleives the attacks are ‘politically motivated.”
Now, the outspoken Senator is telling reporters he’ll be asking U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate the possible abuse of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the 2016 election.
According to the Washington Examiner – Noting that President Trump is “down” on the FISA court, Graham, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters on Thursday he will make a call to ask, “‘Would you please look and see what happened?’ because I don’t want to lose the FISA program.”
As the chief justice, Roberts has the power to appoint judges to the FISA court.
Last February, the House Intelligence Committee, then led by Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., released a memo asserting the so-called Trump dossier, which contained unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia, was used by the FBI to help obtain a FISA warrant and three renewals to spy on one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. But key information, including its author’s anti-Trump bias and Democratic benefactors, was left out.
Republicans have often cited the use of the dossier as misinformation used to improperly monitor Trump and his campaign during the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election while Democrats argued in a rebuttal memo that the FISA process was not abused and the Justice Department and FBI “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement.” Earlier this year, Nunes called on the FISA court to hold the FBI accountable for misleading them about the dossier, arguing that not doing so would do further damage to the credibility of the FISA process.
Last night, after spending the day sitting in on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interogation of Attorney General Barr, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), appeard on Fox News’ Hannity Show with host Sean Hannity, where he discussed the FISA abuse scandal.
In January, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) who sits on both the House Judiciary and Oversight committees spoke with Fox New’s Martha MacCallum, where they discussed Rep. Devin Nunes’ “shocking” 4-page memo assessing the investigation into FISA abuses.
MacCallum asked Rep. Jordan if he “believes there was a crime” committed by the DOJ and the FBI? Rep. Jordan responded to MacCallum, telling her that they’re not allowed to talk about it, but insisted that the American public needs to see what the FBI did, and what took place “at the highest levels of our FBI and the highest levels of our Justice Department that should not happen in this great nation.”