Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on Sunday that he would like to see a special counsel investigate questions of corruption involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, which is at the center of the Ukraine phone call controversy — which is not to say that the media is eager to make note of this.
Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was a guest on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” and was explaining how impeachment would play out in the U.S. Senate, when the discussion turned to the Bidens.
Making it clear that President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani shouldn’t be trying to lead an investigation of the Bidens, Graham said a special counsel would be more appropriate.
“Everybody said [former special counsel Robert] Mueller would be an independent guy, and I think he was,” the senator said. “And what happened? He cleared Trump. There was no collusion between the Trump campaign, and the Russians.”
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“I love Rudy Giuliani. ” Graham continued. “He’s a good lawyer for the president. He’s defending the president’s interests, but the Mueller investigation is over. It’s not Rudy’s job to find out if the Bidens did something wrong. I’d like somebody outside of politics to look at the Bidens like Mueller looked at the Trumps. Remember the Trump Tower deal with Russia? That was looked at by Mueller. Somebody needs to look at the Bidens regarding the Ukraine and China.”
Graham began the segment by noting that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has yet to hold a vote in the House to begin the impeachment process.
“Pelosi is opening up an inquiry by herself,” he said. “Every Democratic member of the House needs to be on record.”
“Remember when Pelosi said that the transcript will show a quid pro quo? It does not,” Graham insisted. “There’s nothing wrong with this phone call. It is okay for the president and others to look into corruption in the Ukraine.”
He explained that three Democratic senators — Sens. Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin and Bob Menendez — wrote a letter to the Ukraine government “asking them to cooperate with Mueller and if you don’t you may lose your aid,” adding that it’s “also OK to look into whether or not there was corruption in the Ukraine going the other way.”
Citing a January 2017 Politico article, Graham raised the question of whether the Democratic National Committee received help from the Ukraine in the 2016 election.
“We need a special counsel to look at whether or not the DNC was working with people inside the Ukraine, and somebody needs to look at the Bidens and whether or not they violated the law outside of politics,” he said.
The formation of a special counsel may be seen as a positive step toward getting to the bottom of what went on in the 2016 election, however, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham’s silence in regard to the whole sordid affair of Trump becoming the target of the U.S. intelligence community is reaching deafening levels.
Graham has repeatedly vowed to “get to the bottom” of officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI allegedly plotting an “administrative coup” to try to remove President Trump from office.
In July, Graham said that his committee “will be looking at the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign,” although he did say they will wait on Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA warrant abuse.
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