Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to comment on a New York Times story that the FBI opened an investigation into whether President Trump was acting as a Russian agent after former director James Comey was fired.
Citing the source, Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was skeptical of the veracity of the report and said he was “astonished” that the FBI would open such a probe.
“Number one, that story came from somebody who leaked it with an agenda,” Graham said. “So I’d like to know who leaked it, because they have an agenda not very friendly to president Trump, and I, for one, don’t trust what I read in The New York Times.”
He was also clear that he had not heard about it.
“I’m going to ask the FBI director was there a counterintelligence investigation opened up regarding the president as being a potential agent of the Russians?” Graham said. “I find it astonishing, and to me, it tells me a lot about the people running the FBI, McCabe and that crowd.”
And while Democrats and their media allies push the narrative of the GOP undermining the bureau, we only need think of disgraced agents like Peter Strzok and his illicit lover Lisa Page to understand that the FBI’s image has been seriously tarnished under Comey.
Graham then suggested a congressional probe into how the FBI could initiate such a probe.
“If this really did happen,” he said, “Congress needs to know about it and what I want to do is make sure, how could the FBI do that? What kind of checks and balances are there?”
On the subject of the government shutdown, Graham was adamant that President Trump was not going to back down, no matter how long the shutdown continues.
Wallace noted that the shutdown could last into next month, asking the Republican senator, “How much damage does that do?”
“Less damage than if we don’t fix a broken immigration system,” Graham quickly replied. “You got two bad choices here. Continue the stalemate and see parts of the government shutdown — it will be inconvenient and it can create problems. And to the federal workforce, I’m sorry you’re caught up in this mess. But the real damage is people coming across the border, selling drugs and killing Americans. That needs to come to the end.
“So the real damage is a broken border compared to a partial shutdown. The president’s not going to give in. No wall, no deal.”
Graham said Trump told him declaring a national emergency to fund the wall was his “last option” and that he thinks the legislative route is the best way to go.
“Let’s make a deal, but I’ll do it if I had to,” Graham said, paraphrasing the president — the senator later said a national emergency may be the “only option.”
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