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Sen. Graham: “I Think It Would Be a Bad Precedent to Compel a Former President to Come Before the Congress”


Draining the swamp just met a road bump named Lindsey Graham.

Just days after #ObamaGate trended on Twitter with over 1.4 million posts, Senator Graham announced that he thinks asking former President Obama to testify would be "a bad precedent."

#ObamaGate gained steam after Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified the names of Obama administration officials who requested General Flynn's "unmasking." 

Among the names were Joe Biden, Jim Comey, and John Brennan.

There are legitimate questions about the start of the Russian probe and the unmasking of General Flynn.

With so many high ranking Obama administration officials involved, it also raises the questions of what Obama knew and when he knew it.

However, Senator Graham said: "I think it would be a bad precedent to compel a former president to come before the Congress, that would open up a can of worms. For a variety of reasons, I don't think that's a good idea."

See his statement below:

President Trump himself even raised awareness with several tweets hashtaged #OBAMAGATE.

President Trump promised to drain the swamp.

This means that corruption at every level of government must be exposed and taken care of.

More and more evidence suggests that the origins of the Russia-Trump probe were based on falsified information.

Furthermore, top officials at the FBI were allegedly aware that the dossiers were filled with lies.

When it comes to General Flynn, newly declassified documents show that corrupt FBI agents wanted to "set up" Flynn and had the goal of getting him to lie.

No wonder Trump wants a full investigation into the corruption under the Obama administration!

But according to Politico, Lindsey Graham does not support the idea of former President Obama testifying on the origins of the Russia probe:

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday brushed back President Donald Trump’s pleas for the Judiciary Committee chairman to haul in former President Barack Obama for testimony about the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Just moments after Trump appealed directly to the South Carolina Republican on Twitter, Graham reiterated that he does not intend to call Obama before his committee — and he warned of the precedent such an action would set.

“I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that’s even possible. I have grave concerns about the role of executive privilege and all kinds of issues,” Graham said in a brief interview. “I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for. Just be careful what you wish for.”

In recent days, Trump has mounted an aggressive campaign against his predecessor, accusing Obama of illegally targeting his associates during his final months in the White House. Trump has not cited evidence that Obama engaged in criminal wrongdoing, even as he continues to amplify the issue on his Twitter feed, dubbing it “Obamagate,” and accusing the former president of committing the “biggest political crime in American history.”

And on Thursday morning, Trump called out Graham, who said earlier this week that he does not “anticipate” calling in Obama for testimony.

“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC , just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”

While Graham has thus far declined those calls, he said this week that he plans to summon several former senior Obama administration officials before his committee as part of its investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, including a focus on the FBI’s probe of Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. The Justice Department moved to drop the criminal case against Flynn last week, a decision that was celebrated by Trump and his allies.

While Senator Graham has a good point that it would set a bad precedent as it would hold President Trump to the same standard, we all already know that he will be held to that standard regardless.

Phony investigations, witch hunts, and faux impeachment charges prove that the Democrats will do everything to bring down Trump.

Whether or not President Obama testifies before congress, Democrats will attempt to destroy President Trump while he's in the White House AND AFTER he's in the White House.

Despite not wanting Obama to testify, Senator Graham will start the hearings on the beginnings of the Russia and General Flynn probes in June.

According to The Hill, the hearings will also deal with the DOJ's decision to drop the charges:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will start hearings in June on the FBI's investigation into Russian election interference and President Trump's campaign.

Graham said in a statement that the hearings will deal with the Justice Department's decision to drop its case against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, the warrant applications against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and if former special counsel Robert Mueller should have been appointed.

“The Judiciary Committee will begin holding multiple, in-depth congressional hearings regarding all things related to Crossfire Hurricane starting in early June," Graham said.

Graham previously told The Hill that he would start holding public hearings in June, with the goal of putting out a report by October.

Republicans have increasingly set their sights on decisions stemming from the Obama-era FBI and Justice Department. Graham has been pledging, and faced pressure from the right, to do an in-depth investigation into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court after Inspector General Michael Horowitz found 17 inaccuracies and omissions in the warrant applications related to Page.

As the last 3 months have shown us, a LOT can change in just a few weeks.

While Senator Graham currently doesn't want Obama to testify, that might change.

Or more pertinent documents might be declassified.

The facts around the origins of the Russia probe are continuing to come out at a faster pace, so it's only a matter of time before the full story is known.

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