When Donald Trump tells the Attorney General (AG) in charge of the Department of Justice (DOJ) William Barr to jump, he asks “On whom?” The president believed that former AG Jeff Sessions betrayed him by not managing the Robert Mueller Russian investigation. He thought Presidents Barack Obama and John Kennedy’s investigated anyone they wanted. Then, Trump did this.
The commander-in-chief hooked Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and reeled him in. Instead of carrying on his former best friend Senator John McCain’s code of ethics, Graham became Trump’s most rabid supporter.
The sitting president has wanted to grill President Obama, and now Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham has indicated that he will call for 44 to testify. POTUS wanted to uncover who told Obama about the counterintelligence investigation into 45.
Some of Trump’s followers were frightening:
Graham also intended former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will testify. Most of these men have criticized Trump.
The senator went on Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s show to publicize that he had opened an investigation into how the Trump-Russia investigation started. Graham’s “bottom line” was to determine how much “Obama knew, when he knew it, and from whom he learned it. He told Hannity:
‘I can’t imagine an investigation of the Republican nominee for president — a counterintelligence investigation of his campaign — was not approved at the highest level. I cannot imagine it happening without somebody in the White House knowing about it.’
The FBI’s investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russia was named “Crossfire Hurricane” officially kick of on July 31, 2016, but Graham wants to know if it really started earlier. Trump asked the Russians to find the 33,000 missing emails belonging to his opponent Secretary Hilliary Clinton. He was in the midst of a televised press conference during his 2016 campaign. Although the president said it was just a joke, he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, of course, he wanted Russia to help him get elected in 2020.
When Hannity asked if that meant asking Obama questions under oath, Graham seemed open to the idea, he replied “Absolutely.” The senator also wanted to investigate others:
‘…the whole point of a counterintelligence investigation is to protect people. And yes, I’d like to know what President Obama thought about the investigation.’
Just as Trump is up for re-election in 2020, so too is the South Carolina senator. Some wonder if that was why Graham has defended the president so vehemently. Trump has been very popular in his state.
For some reason, Graham thought that CNN should not have hired McCabe as a commentator at the same time as he was under criminal investigation by the DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Trump fired McCabe hours before he would have been able to retire with benefits.
The inspector general’s report about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse was just released. The inspector general found no criminal acts, and he found no evidence Comey leaking classified information.
The significance of the surveillance warrant applications was that warrants for Trump’s campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page had to be approved by top FBI and DOJ officials. That would have included McCabe.
McCabe joined Clapper at the network:
‘CNN has just hired the alleged architect of a criminal conspiracy against the Trump campaign. So how much time and attention do you think they are going to give to the Horowitz report when they hired the guy that Horowitz is investigating?’
In February of 2018, Horowitz released his 39-page report showing incidents when McCabe “lacked candor.” The DOJ has been considering bringing up criminal charges against McCabe.
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