Poor old Senator Lindsey “they’re-killing-me” Graham (R-SC). He just cannot catch a break. His competitor Jaime Harris (D) is pulling in more money than any senate competitor in history. Graham is left to beg TV audiences for a crumb. Quite frankly, he looks sick but refused a coronavirus test. Graham sounds like a drowning political ferret being pulled down the drain with Donald Trump’s dirty bath water…and now this.
Graham chaired the only-lonely Senate Judiciary Committee holding the ultra-ultra-conservative Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. There were voices bouncing off of the high ceilings and marble pillars of Congress. According to The Washington Post, he said in committee:
‘I don’t know what’s going on out there, but I can tell you there’s a lot of money been raised in this campaign. I’d like to know where the hell some of it’s coming from.’
Earlier, the senator appeared on Sean Hannity’s talk show and said “help me,” according to The POLITICO:
‘I’m getting overwhelmed. LindseyGraham.com. Help me. They’re killing me, money-wise. Help me. You helped me last week — help me again. LindseyGraham.com.’
He affixed himself to Donald Trump like a conjoined twin, but clearly the lesser of the two. While the senator licked POTUS’ boots, the president slowly sucked the spirit out of his lackey.
Harris was tied with Graham, and morning news had the newcomer moving ahead two or three points. According to The Newsweek, Graham was accused of soliciting donors to his campaign Tuesday after Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing. He pled for donations at the Capitol in a life-and-death fight for his seat in the Senate.
Soliciting campaign donations on federal property is illegal. The senator spoke to reporters, and Aida Chavez captured him on video committing the alleged crime:
‘I think people in South Carolina are excited about Judge Barrett. I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap…I think the contest in South Carolina has taken on sort of a national profile.’
Sen. Graham: “I think people in South Carolina are excited about Judge Barrett. I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap…I think the contest in South Carolina has taken on sort of a national profile.” pic.twitter.com/ufW1G0nT71
— aída chávez (@aidachavez) October 14, 2020
Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell tweeted his accusation of Graham’s alleged crime:
‘This is a crime @LindseyGrahamSC committed a crime in plain sight.’
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) October 15, 2020
Many social media users also said Graham had broken the law and pointed to the 18 U.S. Code § 607, which read in part:
‘It shall be unlawful for an individual who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government, including the President, Vice President, and Members of Congress, to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing (sic) of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election, while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an officer or employee of the United States, from any person.’
According to the law:
‘A person who violates this section shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned not more than three years, or both.’
The Senate Ethics Office commented:
‘Senate Members and staff may not receive or solicit campaign contributions in any federal building” and cites 18 U.S. Code § 607 on its website under “General Prohibitions:”‘
Lindsey Graham: “Y’all have a good chance of winning the White House.”
Klobuchar: “Thank you for acknowledging that.”
Graham: “Yeah. I think it’s true.” pic.twitter.com/hirp7PobfP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 15, 2020
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‘This is public solicitation of a bribe or gratuity in exchange for his official action of voting to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. That’s a crime whether or not he’s in a federal building. Disgusting.’
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