That’s the best reason I’ve ever heard to nominate anyone to a committee chair!
Lindsey Graham has come alive in the past few months, and some people point to the fact that his rebirth as a truth warrior seems to have coincided with John McCain’s death.
Whether that’s true or not, all I can say is I really like the new Lindsey Graham!
The new story today is that he’s “totally” ready to investigate Hillary Clinton AND the Russian Probe if he is appointed as the Judiciary Committee Chair.
Let’s make this happen!
From CNN, here is more:
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he will investigate how the FBI handled the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and Hillary Clinton's email controversy if he becomes chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Totally," the South Carolina Republican told CNN when asked if he would look into the FBI's handling of those probes. "The oversight function will be very much front and center."
Graham has been a longtime critic of the FBI's handling of those investigations -- and has called for a second special counsel to investigate what happened. And if Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley steps aside from running the Senate Judiciary Committee to chair the Senate Finance Committee, as is widely expected, Graham would be poised to run the powerful panel that oversees the FBI. Graham's comments are the latest sign that the Senate GOP will be a counterbalance of sorts to House Democrats, who plan to end the House Republican probe into the FBI and launch a flurry of new investigations in their new majority next year.
Graham also said Tuesday that he would support Senate passage of a bill to protect special counsels like Robert Mueller from political pressure, even though he said, "I don't see any threat to Mueller." Democrats have demanded quick passage of that bill after President Donald Trump fired Jeff Sessions as attorney general last week and named Mueller critic Matt Whitaker to the post as acting AG.
"I'd support it if it came to the floor, but I don't see any threat to Mueller," said Graham, who cosponsored the special counsel bill that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved this year. "The idea of a check and balance going forward makes sense to me. ... I don't see an imminent threat to Mueller, but I've always been supportive of the idea."
The Washington Examiner also covered this huge story:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he would further investigate the Hillary Clinton email controversy should he become chairman of the Judiciary Committee next year.
Asked by CNN about whether he would pursue answers on the FBI-run emails inquiry as well as another FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Graham said "totally."
"The oversight function will be very much front and center," he added.
Graham's rise to the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee isn't a sure thing; that will largely depend on whether current Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will seek the top spot over in the Finance Committee.
Graham also told CNN he would support any bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller if one came to the floor, even though, he added, "I don't see any threat to Mueller."
So what do you think?
Do you like the new Lindsey Graham?
Should he be appointed the Senate Judiciary Chairman role?