Given the rocky start to their relationship, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has proven to be a reliable defender of President Donald Trump and his polices, but as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he leaves something to be desired for critics.
Facing a charge of “showboating,” Graham finds himself under fire for too much talk and not enough show when it comes to finding out what lead up to the surveillance of Trump’s campaign — events that have been termed “SpyGate.”
Paul Sperry, a conservative author and political commentator who was once the D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, took to Twitter late Friday to say in spite of Graham’s rhetoric, House Republicans don’t think the chairman is “serious” about getting to the bottom of things as was his predecessor, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
The anonymous lawmakers are accusing Graham of putting on a “charade” for Fox News and voters in his state.
“BREAKING: House Republicans r upset w what they call Sen Graham’s showboating since taking over Senate Judiciary from Grassley,who they say was “serious” bout getting to bottom of
#SpyGate. But Graham’s just putting on “charade” on Fox for S.C. voters& “not doing a f*cking thing,” Sperry tweeted.
Of course, the Republican Party is renowned for doing just that, talking a big game while doing little behind the scenes, counting on voters’ short memories.
Nowhere was this more apparent than with Obamacare, where practically every GOP politician in the country ran on repealing the failed health care law, yet when finally in position to do just that, Republicans refused to follow through.
In response to Sperry’s tweet, Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs threw out a possible deterrent to Graham producing quicker results:
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) June 15, 2019
Attorney General William Barr is conducting an investigation into what led up to the FBI obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page — events that relied on a phony Russian dossier by ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been conducting his own probe of alleged FISA abuse since March 2018.
The names of those who approved the FISA applications and renewals is a who’s who of dubious characters, beginning with former FBI Director James Comey, and includes former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.
After special counsel Robert Mueller cleared President Trump of collusion, Graham was talking a big game.
“What makes no sense to me is that all of the abuse by the Department of Justice and the FBI, the unprofessional conduct, the shady behavior, nobody seems to think that’s much important,” the lawmaker reportedly said.
“I still to this day I’m at a loss to explain why nobody went to President Trump to tell him that there may be some people in your orbit that are connected to the Russians and working with the Russians,” he siad. “How did it fail and break down here? What it a ruse to get into the Trump campaign? I don’t know, but I’m going to try and find out.”
Graham told reporters in May he will ask Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate possible abuse of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during the 2016 election, according to the Washington Examiner.
The senator appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” last month and said that he was trying to declassify a document that will prove the FBI knew the Steele dossier lacked credibility and was authored by someone on the Democratic Party payroll.
“There’s a document that’s classified that I’m gonna try to get unclassified that takes the dossier — all the pages of it — and it has verification to one side,” Graham told host Maria Bartiromo. “There really is no verification, other than media reports that were generated by reporters that received the dossier.”
“So, the bottom line is the dossier has never been independently confirmed. It was used to get a warrant,” he explained. “They knew the author of the dossier was on the Democrat Party payroll. He hated Trump; they got the warrant anyway. Most Americans should be very upset about that. I’m very upset about it. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”
These examples only touch on the times Graham has spoken about actions he plans to take, yet there has been little to show to date.
And the clock appears to be running out on people’s patience.
Pulling a Trey Gowdy. https://t.co/E3Tx6QI244
— Charles Bolen (@charlesbolen) June 15, 2019
This is why for about 6 months now I have been telling a lot of my friends that nothing is going to happen. Why does the IG report always get delayed? Why is Wray still around? Why no indictments yet? Meanwhile warp speed nonsense from the left cause they know they can! https://t.co/LkliI7SLtp
— Tbomb73 (@tbomb73) June 15, 2019
Actions speak louder than words and we haven’t seen any handcuffs yet.
— Downing Hopkins (@td_hopkins) June 15, 2019
Sigh. And still they haven’t reached the bottom of that swamp! ……smh
— The Truthlady (@dtruthladyd) June 15, 2019
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