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Lindsey Graham on Trump: He could make GOP ‘stronger’ or ‘could destroy it’

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), once one of former President Donald Trump’s harshest critics, says that the best way forward for the Republican Party is to continue to stand with Trump and his policies.

In an interview with reporter Jonathan Swan for “Axios on HBO,” Graham said that Trump has the capability to make the GOP “bigger” and “stronger” or he “could destroy it.”

“He could make the Republican Party something that nobody else I know can make it. He can make it bigger. He can make it stronger. He can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it,” Graham said.

Graham said he thinks that the “movement” started by Trump is “good for the country,” noting that former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney were unable to galvanize the American people in the way Trump accomplished to win the White House in 2016.

“Mitt Romney didn’t do it. John McCain didn’t do it. There’s something about Trump. There’s a dark side, and there’s some magic there. And what I’m trying to do is just harness the magic,” Graham told Swan.

He went on to describe the former president as “sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, and P.T. Barnum.”

Graham explained that he’s trying to keep in touch with Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and after he voted, against Trump’s wishes, to certify the Electoral College results declaring President Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the 2020 election. “Enough is enough,” Graham said in an impassioned speech decrying the effort to overturn the election as “the most offensive concept in the world.”

But now it’s time to move on. “Donald Trump was my friend before the riot. And I’m trying to keep a relationship with him after the riot. I still consider him a friend. What happened was a dark day in American history, and we’re going to move forward,” he told Swan.

That statement is a far cry from where Lindsey Graham was in 2015, when he himself was running for president against Trump in the Republican primary. During that election, Graham called Trump a “kook,” “crazy,” and said he was “unfit for office.”

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot,” he said on CNN. “He doesn’t represent my party.”

After Trump won the White House, Graham’s tone changed drastically. He once explained to the New York Times magazine that his embrace of Trump was “to try to be relevant” and work with the president to achieve “really good outcomes for the country.” Taking Trump’s side helped Graham win re-election in South Carolina in 2020, but even now that Graham isn’t up for re-election for another six years, he still wants the Republican Party to follow Trump’s lead.

“I want us to continue the policies that I think will make America strong,” Graham said. “I believe the best way for the Republican Party to do that is with Trump, not without Trump.”

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Graham warns Kamala Harris could be impeachment target because Democrats ‘opened Pandora’s box’

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Sunday that Democrats may have opened “pandora’s box” by pursuing a second impeachment against former President Donald Trump.

What is the background?

Although Trump was impeached for the second time prior to leaving office, one of the biggest questions looming over his Senate trial last week was the constitutionality of conducting an impeachment trial against someone who is now a private citizen.

Indeed, Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution seemingly limits impeachment to the “president, vice president, and all civil officers of the United States.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed Trump is “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events” that happened on Jan. 6. But he explained after the Senate trial that he voted to acquit Trump precisely because he did not think the Senate had constitutional jurisdiction to conduct an impeachment trial against a former president. In fact, McConnell called Trump “not eligible for conviction.”

What did Graham say?

The South Carolina Republican declared Sunday that Democrats have now established a precedent that may come back to haunt them in the future.

In fact, Graham said that if Republicans retake control of the House, Vice President Kamala Harris could be conceivably impeached for the exact same charges that Democrats levied against Trump.

“We’ve opened Pandora’s box to future presidents,” Graham said.

“If you use this model, I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open,” Graham explained. “So, we’ve opened Pandora’s box here and I’m sad for the country.”

Graham’s citation of Harris is a reference to the former California senator urging her supporters to contribute to a bail fund for protesters last summer.

Earlier in the interview, Graham said he believed the impeachment trial against Trump was an unconstitutional endeavor.

“I felt the impeachment trial was not only unconstitutional — I condemn what happens on Jan. 6 — but the process they used it to impeach this president was an affront to rule of law,” Graham declared.

“He is the first president to ever be impeached without a lawyer, without a witness, without an ability to confront those against him and the trial record was a complete joke, hearsay upon hearsay,” he added.


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Lindsey Graham threatens Democrats: If you call even one witness for impeachment trial, we’ll open up ‘Pandora’s box’

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) warned Democratic colleagues Monday night that if they decide to call even one witness in the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial against former President Trump, they’ll be opening up “Pandora’s Box.”

Last month, the Democrat-controlled House voted to impeach Trump a second time for “incitement of insurrection” after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 while Congress was in session. The process has now moved to the Senate, where a trial is set to begin next week.

Graham, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressed that he looks forward to a speedy trial and acquittal of Trump. But he noted that should Democrats choose to turn it into a “political commercial” and prolong the business for “weeks and months” by calling witnesses, Republicans are prepared to play ball by calling the FBI to testify about security failures at the U.S. Capitol.

“If you open up that can of worms [by calling witnesses], we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people actually pre-planned these attacks and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol,” Graham said.

“You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness,” he continued. “I hope we don’t call any and we vote and get this trial over next week when it starts.”

With the trial’s Feb. 9 start date looming, Reuters reported Monday that the House Democrats in charge of impeachment proceedings in the Senate are expected to announce whether or not they will call witnesses by as early as Tuesday.

Democrats are expected to face an uphill climb toward a conviction, especially after 45 of the GOP’s 50 senators voted in a procedural motion to object to impeachment proceedings last week, leading Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to call the prospect “dead on arrival.” Democrats would need at least 17 GOP senators to declare Trump guilty in order to garner the two-thirds vote required to convict.

Nevertheless, Trump, for his part, is currently assembling a legal defense and preparing a formal response to the charges. A conviction in the Senate will mean rather little, politically, since Trump has already exited office. However, a vote to impeach could open the potential for a vote to bar him from seeking public office in the future.

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Watch: Lindsey Graham harassed by hecklers shouting ‘traitor’ after acknowledging Joe Biden as president-elect

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday was heckled by a crowd of people accusing him of being a “traitor” and demanding that he support an effort to audit the 2020 election while he awaited a flight at Reagan National Airport.

Graham was confronted by actress Mindy Robinson, who claimed to have filmed the incident, and others after declaring his opposition to forming a commission to examine the 2020 election amid President Trump’s continued allegations of widespread voter fraud.

“All America wants is for you to AUDIT OUR VOTE and purge this election of this massive corruption…and you won’t do it,” Robinson tweeted. “We’re not letting this ‘slide’ so expect more of this.”

On Wednesday, as Congress debated objections to certifying certain slates of electors, Graham said on the Senate floor that President-elect Joe Biden is the “legitimate president of the United States” and declared his opposition to a proposal from his fellow South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott to form an emergency commission to examine the 2020 election. He called the proposal, a “uniquely bad idea to delay this election.”

“Count me out. Enough is enough,” he said.

Graham also explained why he did not vote to object to the results of the Electoral College, as some of his colleagues did and as President Trump demanded of Republicans.

“I prayed [Biden] would lose,” Graham said Wednesday night. “He won. He’s the legitimate President of the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the president and vice president of the United States on Jan 20.”

Politico reporter Alex Thompson shared video of how the confrontation at the airport began, with an unidentified male voice asking Graham to make a statement “accounting for your actions” and insisting that “nobody’s going to hurt you.”

After Graham refused to give an answer, the crowd chanted “audit our vote” and “traitor” as he was escorted away by airport security. Some in the crowd hurled profanities at the senator and someone yelled “enjoy Gitmo” at him.

Graham was also criticized by Democrats Friday after he issued a statement opposing an effort approved of by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to impeach President Trump a second time before he leaves office.

“If Speaker Pelosi pushes impeachment in the last days of the Trump presidency it will do more harm than good,” he tweeted Friday. “I’m hopeful President-elect Biden sees the damage that would be done from such action.

“Any attempt to impeach President Trump would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency. It will take both parties to heal the nation,” he added.

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pounced on Graham’s statement and accused him of “defending” the Capitol Hill violence that contributed to the death of a police officer, a female protester and three others.

Top House Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the majority whip, also criticized Graham’s comments and called for President Trump to be removed from office via the 25th Amendment or short of that through impeachment.

“This is bad stuff, and it’s time for everybody to call it what it is,” Clyburn told reporters Friday. “It is time for the Republican leadership to invoke the 25th Amendment [to remove Trump from office]. They need to do it. [Vice President Mike] Pence needs to do it. But if he doesn’t, we need to impeach.

“If you look at the speeches he’s made in the last couple of weeks, what he said that led to this insurrection, there is no telling what he would say or what he would to to imperil this country,” Clyburn said. “I’m trying to help protect this country, and once again, [Graham] sounds like he’s trying to help protect a president.”

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Salon owner sues Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, accusing Democrat of retaliating over lockdown defiance

Oregon salon owner Lindsey Graham has filed a lawsuit against her state, its Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, and a number of agency officials, seeking $100,000 in damages after being hit with fines and even a visit from child welfare workers after Graham defied COVID-19 lockdown orders.

What are the details?

Graham says Brown retaliated against her, her business, and her family for reopening her Glamour salon in May, violating the state’s stay-at-home order. After reopening, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division hit her with a $14,000 fine and the state’s Child Welfare Division sent workers to search her home, questioning her, her husband, and one of her kids.

“I’ve never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing could have ever been done to me or my family,” the business owner of 15 years said at the time.

Graham filed a lawsuit Dec. 18 against a slew of state officials including Brown herself, alleging that the defendants violated Graham’s U.S. and state constitutional rights, intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the salon owner, and abused processes in order to target Graham in retaliation.

The lawsuit states:

“While individuals and businesses such as Graham and Glamour struggled to make ends meet for nearly six (6) weeks, government employees like Defendant Kate Brown and the other individual named defendants did not have to worry about where their next paycheck would come from.”

The suit also claims:

“Defendant Kate Brown grew increasingly frustrated with the fact that Graham and Glamour refused to bow down to her authority. Defendant Kate Brown publicly called Graham and Glamour’s ‘re-opening’ ‘unfortunate’ and ‘irresponsible’ — only further making Graham and Glamour a target by the government.”

‘She came at me with the full weight of the state’

“As soon as I tried to open my doors against the governor’s mandate back in May, she came at me with the full weight of the state,” Graham told Fox News‘ “The Ingraham Angle” with Laura Ingraham on Monday. “She terrorized myself, she terrorized my stylists, and she terrorized my family. She took every government agency she could, and she put her full weight into intimidating me into closing, including sending Child Protective Services to my home and threatening the removal of my children.”

Graham noted that CPS showed up on her doorstep just a few days after her salon reopening, claiming they were acting on an anonymous call.

“[They] opened a full-blown case against me which was completely bogus and unwarranted, and it didn’t come until I shot back at them with a threat of the lawsuit” that they closed the case, she told Fox News.

KATU-TV reached out to Gov. Brown’s office last week seeking comment on the lawsuit, but has not yet received a response.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham defends foreign aid to Pakistan in omnibus spending bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday defended foreign aid spending included in the $2.3 trillion spending package Congress passed Monday night, arguing foreign aid is necessary to compete with China for influence abroad.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Graham faced questions about the massive spending package, which members of Congress were given with fewer than eight hours to read before it was brought up for a vote. Critics have slammed the bill, which was sold to the public as a coronavirus relief package, for containing several provisions seemingly unrelated to the pandemic, including funding for Pakistan’s “gender programs” and other bits of foreign aid.

In reality, the $900 billion coronavirus relief package was tied to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress needed to pass to keep the government open. The criticized provisions were mostly part of the omnibus bill, not the COVID-19 relief package.

Host Brian Kilmeade asked Graham if he was disappointed with how the vote turned out.

“So the bottom line is they wanted $3 trillion for the pandemic last year, we wound up with $900 billion,” Graham said, referring to congressional Democrats’ demands for more spending. “You could’ve gotten this package in July, Mitch McConnell is right about that. They refused to even talk to us before the election because they thought a relief package would help President Trump.”

“If you think this bill is bad, lose Georgia and see what happens,” Graham said ominously, referring to the state’s upcoming runoff elections for U.S. Senate.

Those Senate races will determine which party has control of the U.S. Senate — for Republicans their only hope to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda and for Democrats their chance to advance long-sought after policies like repealing President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and expanding Obamacare.

Graham went on to praise other provisions of the omnibus bill, including military spending and funding for the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

“The foreign aid budget is 1 percent of all American spending,” Graham said, responding to critics of foreign aid. He went on to defend the provisions related to Pakistan, which included $15 million toward “democracy programs” and $10 million distributed to “gender programs.”

“Pakistan is a place I really worry about. Eighty-five countries a woman can’t open up a bank account without her husband’s signature, she can’t inherit property. If you’re a young girl in Pakistan life is pretty tough, so we’re trying to make life better for women throughout the world,” Graham said.

“One percent of all federal spending is foreign assistance, China is everywhere. We’ve got to compete,” he added.

As for the coronavirus relief, Graham asserted that the $600 stimulus checks assigned to every American will be a boon after months of economic hardship inflicted by state coronavirus restrictions.

“I like the COVID package in the sense that it is targeted. If you’re a family of four you get $2,400 bucks out there. If you’re about to lose your small business, you can get another round of PPP loan. And there’s $38 billion to get the vaccine in a place near you so you can actually take it,” Graham said.

To those still skeptical, he encouraged them to vote.

“So this is sausage-making, but the Democrats have a say,” Graham said. “They run the House. And if they ever get the House, the Senate, and the White House it will be a financial disaster for this country, so vote in Georgia.”

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‘You’re a bunch of Socialists’: Lindsey Graham torches far-left lawmakers calling on him to resign

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) fired back Thursday after days of far-left House members calling for him to resign his seat, citing a claim from Georgia’s GOP secretary of state alleging that Graham suggested he toss legal ballots in favor of President Donald Trump.

But Graham says he did no such thing and warned the “bunch of Socialists” calling for him to step down that he sees through their agenda.

What are the details?

Earlier this week, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) told the Washington Post that during a phone call with Graham, “it sure looked like” the South Carolina Republican was pressing him to throw out mail-in ballots in some counties where there were higher rates of non-matching signatures.

“That’s ridiculous,” Graham said in reaction to Raffensperger’s claims. “What I’m trying to find out was how do you verify signatures for mail in ballots in these states … I thought it was a good conversation, I’m surprised to hear him characterize it that way.”

Georgia was, at the time, undergoing a recount after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was projected to win the state by a very narrow margin against President Donald Trump. Several Republicans in Georgia and elsewhere criticized Raffensperger’s handing of the election.

In the meantime, Graham had just handily won re-election in the seat he has held since 2003 against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a major blow to Democrats, despite Harrison raising a record-shattering $57 million in the fourth quarter alone.

Progressive House members pounced on the opportunity to try to get Graham to leave office. Far-left Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) led the charge on social media, tweeting, “Lindsey Graham must resign. It has now been corroborated that he urged the Secretary of State in Georgia to find a way to throw out legally cast ballots. There must be accountability and justice for this dangerous attack on our democracy.”

Jayapal’s message was an apparent rallying cry for the far-left faction of the House.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) replied, “Lindsey Graham attempted to commit voter fraud. He can’t get away with it. Thank you @PramilaJayapal for demanding accountability.”

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) also declared that “it’s time for Lindsey Graham to submit his resignation,” pointing to an MSNBC report citing a Raffensperger staffer who purportedly corroborated the claims.

But Graham fired back on Thursday, posting the three congresswomen’s quotes and tweeting, “I can understand why the Squad doesn’t want me in the Senate – because I’m going to bury your agenda. You’re a bunch of Socialists. You would transform America and make it Venezuela. I’m gonna stand in your way. I’m not going anywhere!”

He also said that their demands for his resignation meant he “must being doing something right,” and added, “To those who are trying to silence me — you will fail miserably!”

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Lindsey Graham fires back after top Democrat demands no more hearings for Trump’s judicial nominees

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, fired off the perfect response after Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) asked Republicans to stop confirming President Donald Trump’s federal judiciary nominees.

What’s the background?

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote Graham on Thursday requesting he stop conducting hearings on Trump’s judicial nominees to allow media-declared president-elect Joe Biden to fill the court vacancies instead.

“Now that the 2020 election has concluded, it is clear that the American people have overwhelmingly rejected a second term for President Trump. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are already implementing their transition plan,” Feinstein said.

“In light of that, it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee cease to process judicial nominations and allow President-Elect Biden the opportunity to appoint judges following his inauguration on January 20, 2021,” she added.

What was Graham’s response?

Graham responded with a resounding “no,” according to reporter Sam Brodey.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will continue to process judges nominated by President Trump. We have confirmed over 220 and look forward to confirming even more,” Graham said.

What’s the background?

In addition to having three Supreme Court nominees confirmed, Trump has added a whopping 53 judges to U.S. federal appeals courts and 164 judges to federal district courts.

Currently, an additional 31 of Trump’s federal district nominees are awaiting confirmation, and another two of Trump’s appeals court judges are awaiting confirmation.

This is why analysts predict that as much as $1 billion could be spent on Georgia’s two runoff elections for their U.S. Senate seats, for control of the Senate hinges on those two races.

Currently, Republicans — who have held a majority in the Senate since regaining the majority after the 2014 midterms — have control of 50 seats. If they lost both runoff races, Democrats would have effective control of the Senate since media-declared vice president-elect Kamala Harris would serve as the Senate’s tie-breaking vote.

But, if Republicans win just one of the races, they would maintain control of the Senate and prevent a Biden administration from implementing its agenda — and further cement Trump’s judicial legacy.

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Feinstein urges Graham to stop processing Trump judicial nominees ‘now that the 2020 election has concluded’

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has written a letter to Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), urging her colleague to stop processing President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

She says the panel should hold off on such business now that the election is over and allow Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to make his own picks.

What are the details?

“Now that the 2020 election has concluded, it is clear that the American people have overwhelmingly rejected a second term for President Trump,” Feinstein began, before noting that Biden and his running mate, Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “are already implementing their transition plan.”

Although the presidential election is currently being contested in several lawsuits by the Trump campaign, which alleges voting irregularities and fraud, Feinstein pointed out that “the Biden-Harris ticket is on track to receive 306 electoral votes, and has already garnered the votes of more than 77 million Americans.”

“In light of that,” she wrote, “it is imperative that the Judiciary Committee cease to process judicial nominees and allow President-Elect Biden the opportunity to appoint judges following his inauguration on January 20, 2021.”

Feinstein went on to write that there was precedent behind her argument, saying that “although processing judicial nominations is one of the Committee’s principal responsibilities, the Committee’s long and established tradition in presidential election years is to halt consideration of judicial nominees after Election Day.”

California’s senior senator noted that there have only been two exceptions to that since 1984: “Once in 2004, following President George W. Bush’s reelection, and once in 2012, following the reelection of President Obama.”

“Unlike Presidents Bush and Obama,” she wrote, “President Trump has lost his reelection bid.”

Courthouse News pointed out that Graham had already scheduled a nominations hearing for next week, prior to Feinstein’s letter.

Appointing Trump’s judicial nominees has been a priority of his administration and the Republican-controlled Senate.

NBC News reported in June that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had “confirmed 53 Circuit Court judges appointed by Trump in three-and-a-half years,” noting for comparison:

“Obama confirmed 55 in all eight years of his presidency. For all judges, Trump has now confirmed 200. George W. Bush follows with 197 at this point in his presidency, and Bill Clinton with 186.”

Anything else?

Also on Thursday, Graham — a fervent Trump ally — told CNN that Biden should now begin receiving classified intelligence briefings, despite the fact that Trump has not yet conceded.

The outlet reported that “Graham said he has not expressed his thoughts with the White House but said, ‘I hope so,’ when asked if he expects Biden to get the briefings soon.”

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Lindsey Graham argues Trump should run again in 2024 if he loses in court

President Donald Trump has reportedly told advisers he’s considering running for president again in 2024 if the election results are verified, and at least one Republican senator is encouraging him to do so.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday told Fox News radio host Brian Kilmeade that Trump should run again in four years if he loses his legal challenges to the results of the 2020 election.

“I would encourage President Trump, if after all this he does fall short … to not let this movement die, to consider running again, to create an organization, platforms over the next four years to keep his movement alive, growing the Republican representation in minority communities, talk about economic populism, just basically keep it alive,” Graham said.

“Keep fighting for the 2020 vote, it’s not done yet,” he added.

Graham cited the example of President Grover Cleveland, the only U.S. president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.

“Grover Cleveland came back. Donald Trump should think about it if he falls short,” he said.

Multiple media outlets declared Democratic candidate Joe Biden president-elect Saturday after Pennsylvania was called for Biden. Trump has not yet conceded the election to Biden, but, according to Axios, he has privately told advisers he’s thinking about running again in 2024 — which, if true, would be a concession that he’s lost the election this year.

The Trump campaign has vowed to continue fighting for the outcome of the 2020 election to be reversed in court. The campaign has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and other states challenging the results of the election.

Graham supports the president’s efforts.

“I talked with the president for a long time yesterday. He wants to fight, and he should fight,” Graham said. “If we can close the margins in Arizona and Georgia and look at provisional ballots, this is not over.”

Down ballot the election was more favorable to Republicans, who ended up gaining seats in the House of Representatives and may hold on to their Senate majority if Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) or David Perdue (R-Ga.) prevail in the upcoming runoff elections.

Should Republicans keep the Senate, Graham wants an investigation completed into mail-in ballots and how they affected the 2020 election.

“What I’m going to tell Mitch McConnell today when we get back, if we keep the Senate, we need to do a joint committee in the Senate to analyze mail-in balloting and how it worked in 2020,” Graham said.

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Lindsey Graham donates $500,000 to Trump’s legal defense fund, says ‘Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared that he would donate $500,000 to President Donald Trump’s legal defense fund. Graham announced the financial support of the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to challenge the 2020 presidential election results on Thursday night during an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” Graham told host Sean Hannity. “He stood with me, he’s the reason we’re going to have a Senate majority … He helped Senate Republicans. We’re going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that President Trump won.

“I’m going to donate $500,000 tonight to President Trump’s defense legal fund,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said.


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The money will come from Graham’s campaign account, according to a spokesperson.

Graham set a fundraising record for a Republican Senate candidate with $28 million in the third quarter during his re-election battle. His opponent, Democrat Jaime Harrison, raised $57 million in the third quarter, the most ever raised in that period by any U.S. Senate candidate. In total, Graham raised roughly $58 million, according to the Associated Press.

Graham went on to beat Harrison by 10 points in the 2020 election, 54.5% to 44.2%.

Earlier on Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. called out Republicans for not supporting the president, citing only Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) as exceptions.

“The total lack of action from virtually all of the ‘2024 GOP hopefuls’ is pretty amazing,” the president’s son tweeted. “They have a perfect platform to show that they’re willing & able to fight but they will cower to the media mob instead. Don’t worry @realDonaldTrump will fight & they can watch as usual!”

When it was pointed out that Graham hadn’t shown support for the president as of Thursday afternoon, Trump Jr. responded, “No one is surprised.”

Graham’s donation will help fund the Trump campaign’s legal battle to contest the election procedures in the swing states of Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

During the “Hannity” interview, Graham discussed the presidential election, and proclaimed that the “allegations of wrongdoing are earth-shattering.”

When asked if Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere should invalidate the election results if there is corruption, Graham said, “I think everything should be on the table.” He also said, “Philadelphia elections are crooked as a snake.”

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‘That’s fraud’: Dropped-out third-party candidate in SC blasts Democrats for trying to trick conservatives into voting for him

Dr. Bill Bledsoe, the former Constitution Party candidate for Senate in South Carolina, is speaking out after being targeted in a disingenuous ad campaign in the state operated by opponents of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

What are the details?

Bledsoe, who dropped out of the race a month ago and endorsed Graham, called recent ads, propping him up as a conservative alternative to the Republican incumbent, fraudulent.

“They are manipulating, and they are doing an absolute opposite of what I believe in and what I’ve worked for. And that is, in my mind, that’s fraud,” Bledsoe told WACH-TV last week.

According to the local news outlet, Bledsoe has filed a cease and desist letter against all parties running ads using his name.

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison has been funding digital ads in the state that herald Bledsoe as “too conservative” for the Senate. Users who click on the ads are redirected to a website paid for by the South Carolina Democratic Party that describes the candidate as “pro-Trump,” “pro-gun,” and “anti-abortion.”

The anti-Trump Lincoln Project also joined in on the effort last week, running a TV ad touting Bledsoe as the “real deal” and the only candidate conservative South Carolinians can trust.


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“Their goal is to divide conservatives so Jaime Harrison can win, and I will not stand for it. I unequivocally urge all freedom-loving South Carolinians to vote for Senator Graham,” Bledsoe reportedly wrote in his letter.

Recent polls show the Senate race is close enough that if Graham’s vote tally were to decrease a few percentage points, it could allow Harrison to close the gap.

What else?

The state’s Democratic Party is arguing, however, that even though Bledsoe announced his campaign’s suspension early last month, voters still have the option to vote for him.

After all, Bledsoe was not able to act quickly enough to remove his name from ballots and and when voters head to the polls, they see three candidates listed on the ballot in alphabetical order, with Bledsoe’s name on the top.

“The fact is that after this election is over, there will be votes awarded to him and he will be certified. That means that he’s a candidate. So any, all of this accusation of us being deceptive may very well be an attempt by Dr. Bledsoe to have his cake and eat it too,” Trav Robertson, the chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, told WACH.

Similarly, a spokesperson for Harrison’s campaign said, “Jaime has two opponents on the ballot and we are making sure voters know the facts about each, and about Jaime, before they vote.”

A spokesperson for Graham’s campaign shot back, calling the ads “deeply dishonest” but insisting that “South Carolina voters will reject Harrison’s lies.”

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Lou Dobbs pummels Lindsey Graham, suggests he should be voted out: ‘Betrayed the American people’

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs pummeled Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Friday, saying live on-air that he does not know why “anyone” would vote for Graham.

The comments from the pro-Trump commentator came as Graham fights for his Senate career in a tight election battle with Democrat Jaime Harrison. Recent polling indicates Graham is ahead of Harrison, albeit by just a handful of points.

What did Dobbs say?

The Fox Business host pummeled Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and encouraged South Carolinians to vote Graham out of office.

Dobbs was enraged over Graham’s commitment to hold hearings on social media censorship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after Election Day. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to subpoena both social media giants this week.

“I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said. “This is the guy who keeps saying, ‘Stay tuned.’ He said he would get to the bottom of Obamagate with the Judiciary Committee, which has been a year and a half, actually longer, of absolute inert response to these pressing issues of our day.”

Dobbs then invoked sharp criticism President Donald Trump made of Graham in 2016, when he called the South Carolina senator a “disgrace,” “nut job,” and said Graham is “one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever seen.”

Of those comments, Dobbs said, “I believe that the president’s words about the senator then apply today.”

“Graham has betrayed President Trump at almost every turn,” Dobbs said. “He has betrayed the American people and his oath of office. He’s done absolutely nothing to investigate Obamagate except to tell everyone, ‘Stay tuned,’ time and time again. Stay tuned. Senator Graham needs to be tuned out in South Carolina.”

Anything else?

While Dobbs may be no fan of Graham’s, a Harrison win in South Carolina would greatly endanger the Republican Party’s majority in the Senate, especially since other Republican incumbents are currently battling in close elections, such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

If Republicans want to maintain their Senate majority, there’s no doubt: South Carolina Republicans must support Graham’s re-election.

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Democratic operatives call for Dianne Feinstein to step down as Judiciary Committee ranking member

Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing calls to step down as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, after she enraged operatives from her own party with her performance on the panel — which ended with her praising Republican Chairman Lindsey Graham.

What are the details?

As the final hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett wrapped up, Feinstein told Graham, “I just want to thank you. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.” She added, “Thank you so much for your leadership.”

Following the meeting, the two were seen embracing in a hug.

Feinstein, 87, was immediately attacked by high profile Democrats, many of whom declared it was time for her to pass the torch and give up her leadership position on the committee.

Former Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign press secretary Brian Fallon, who now leads the progressive group Demand Justice, issued a statement declaring, “It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene.”

“She has undercut Democrats’ position at every step of this process, from undermining calls for filibuster and Court reform straight through to thanking Republicans for the most egregious partisan power grab in the modern history of the Supreme Court,” he continued. “If Senate Democrats are going to get their act together on the courts going forward, they cannot be led by someone who treats Sunrise activists with contempt and the Republican theft of a Supreme Court seat with kid gloves.”

Fallon’s message was echoed by former President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who tweeted, “Someone like Feinstein who is so out of step with the rest of the party should not be the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.”

Likewise, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett tweeted in reaction to Feinstein’s praise of Graham, “That she can say this about this ongoing travesty is another sad statement about how poorly represented we are by Dianne Feinstein.”

Feinstein joined her fellow Democrats on the committee in avoiding attacks on Barrett’s Catholic faith during this week’s hearings, after facing criticism for their treatment of the nominee during the 2017 nomination hearings for her current position on the Seventh Circuit appellate court.

Fox News reported that “California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein receive bipartisan backlash when she told Barrett that the ‘dogma lives loudly within’ her during” the 2017 hearings.

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Lindsey Graham tells Senate Judiciary Democrats there will be hearings on President Trump’s SCOTUS nomination

Protests outside the home of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will not stop him from holding confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nomination.

In a letter sent Monday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Graham announced his intention to hold confirmation hearings for Trump’s nominee this year.

After offering condolences for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, Graham explained that the Republican majority in 2016 acted constitutionally in refusing to begin confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

“When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency,” the letter states. “We did so. We followed the precedent and that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.”

But this year, the presidency and the Senate majority are both held by the Republican Party.

“Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees — and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees — the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018,” Graham wrote. “We should honor that mandate. And unlike in 2016, President Trump is currently standing for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.”

In 2016, Graham opposed holding confirmation hearings for Garland and called on his critics to “use my words against me” if he ever changed his position.

“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,'” he said. “And you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.”

But in his letter Graham explains that his views have changed after witnessing how Justice Brett Kavanaugh was severely mistreated by Senate Democrats and the media during his confirmation hearings. He asks his colleagues to compare how Republican nominees Kavanaugh, Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito were treated vs. Democratic nominees to the court, including Ginsburg herself.

“I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process,” Graham wrote. “It’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.”

“I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy,” he continued. “I am certain that if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.”

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Capitol Police forced to respond after left-wing protesters gather outside Lindsey Graham’s house

The United States Capitol Police were forced to protect the house of Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) early Monday after protesters gathered outside his Washington, D.C., home.

What happened?

Democrats, angry that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate have the opportunity to fill yet another Supreme Court vacancy, have made it clear they will do anything in their power to disrupt the confirmation process, or at least have their voices heard.

Well, every one of Graham’s neighbors was subjected to those voices early Monday.

According to WUSA-TV, left-wing members of the ShutDown D.C. and Sunrise movement gathered outside Graham’s house at 6 a.m. Monday morning. Protesters were seen trespassing on the property, they made noise with bells and sirens, and some even attempted to knock on Graham’s door.

U.S. Capitol Police responded by forming a line on the sidewalk between the protesters and Graham’s house.

“DC residents will be fighting for their children and grandchildren early Monday morning, by insisting that Trump should not be allowed to fill his third lifelong Supreme Court appointment, tipping the court for generations,” ShutDown D.C. said in a statement, WUSA reported.

Both protest groups were formed to advocate for progressive climate policies. However, ShutDown D.C. also states on its website, “As the 2020 election approaches we are making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy.”

Anything else?

Within minutes of the announcement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death late Friday, protesters gathered outside the Washington, D.C., home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Left-wing activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted, “We’re now walking to Mitch McConnell’s house to protest.”

Clymer also tweeted the street intersection of McConnell’s house — essentially making public his private address — but that tweet was removed from Twitter because it violated the social network’s rules.

Protesters also gathered outside McConnell’s Louisville home over the weekend, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Democrats are angry that McConnell essentially blocked the nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016, but has already confirmed that Trump’s latest nominee will receive a vote before Election Day.

About 100 protesters gathered Saturday, the newspaper reported. The demonstrators dispersed in the afternoon after police made one arrest.

“I’m disgusted that Senator McConnell would treat this opportunity in a complete different manner than he treated the opportunity when there was a vacancy when Obama was nine or 10 months away from the election,” one of the protesters told the Courier Journal. “I’m not surprised, but I am disgusted. I think that’s appalling.”

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Lindsey Graham says declassified documents show FBI lied to Senate about Steele dossier: ‘Somebody needs to go to jail for this’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Sunday that newly declassified FBI documents from 2018 show that the bureau lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.

“This document clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier,” Graham said during an interview on Fox News‘ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice and FBI had previously done to the FISA court: mischaracterize, mislead, and lie.”

“The characterizations regarding the dossier were completely out of touch with reality in terms of what the Russian subsource actually said to the FBI,” Graham told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “What does this mean? That Congress, as well as the FISA court, was lied to about the reliability of the Russian subsource. I will be asking FBI Director Wray to provide me all the details possible about how the briefing was arranged and who provided it.”

“Somebody needs to go to jail for this,” Graham declared. “This is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked, the FBI did, in 2019 by the FISA court, putting in doubt all FISA applications … a year before, they’re lying to the Senate Intel Committee. It’s just amazing the compounding of the lies.”

Graham argued that the newly released eight-page briefing document, which was obtained through the Department of Justice, shows that the FBI did not disclose any of the dossier’s red flags in the Senate Intelligence briefing document.

The memo, dated Feb. 14, 2018, summarizes what Steele’s primary subsource told the FBI during three days of interviews in January 2017. Igor Danchenko, a Ukraine-born, Russian-educated researcher and Brookings Institution analyst, was Steele’s primary subsource who provided information to the former British spy. That information was used to create the Steele dossier, which eventually enabled the investigation into Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia before the 2016 presidential election.

“Several reports appeared to be derived from multiple sources, to include the information he provided to Steele as well as information that he had not collected,” the memo said of the primary subsource. “He did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it.”

Danchenko admitted to FBI agents that he “did not know the origins” of some claims attributed to him and “did not recall” other information that was included in the dossier.

Danchenko claimed that he was unaware that former MI6 officer Steele was going to include conversations into official reports, The Washington Examiner reported.

“Actually, the subsource said it was all bar talk, hearsay, speculation and conjecture, and the whole sexual activity of the president was made in jest,” Graham said. “So they completely misrepresented to the Senate Intel Committee in 2018 what the subsource had told the FBI in 2017.”

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz said FBI interviews with Danchenko “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting” and cast doubt on some of its most damning claims.

Horowitz also claimed that FBI interviews of Steele and Danchenko “revealed potentially serious problems with Steele’s descriptions of information in his reports.”

“I’m gonna find out who did that briefing, and whoever it is, they’re in trouble,” Graham said.


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Declassified notes by Peter Strzok refute Russian collusion claim in 2017 New York Times report


A 2017 New York Times report on the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence is receiving renewed scrutiny after notes from former FBI official Peter Strzok were declassified.

“The comments of Peter Strzok regarding the February 14 New York Times article are devastating in that they are an admission that there was no reliable evidence that anyone from the Trump Campaign was working with Russian Intelligence Agencies in any form,” said Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a statement about the declassified documents on Friday.

The committee declassified the documents containing Strzok’s comments about the New York Times article on Thursday. It’s not clear when he first wrote the typewritten notes.

The New York Times article titled, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence,” claimed that Trump campaign aides had numerous interactions with Russian intelligence.

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

Strzok refuted that claim in his notes, saying that the FBI had no evidence to support the accusation.

“This statement is misleading and inaccurate as written,” wrote Strzok in the newly declassified notes. “We have not seen evidence of any individuals affiliated with the Trump team in contact with [intelligence officers].”

Strzok went on to document the interactions between Trump campaign officials and Russian government officials, but not those of the intelligence services. One such interaction was that of Carter Page, who served briefly on the Trump campaign.

“FBI investigation has shown past contact between Page and the SVR [the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service], but not during his association with Trump campaign,” wrote Strzok.

Graham has used the release of the documents to substantiate accusations that the FBI investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion had little or no basis in reality, and was instead motivated by animus against President Donald Trump and his policies.

The New York Times persists

Despite the refutation from declassified notes by Strzok, who has expressed a lot of animosity against the president, a spokesperson for the New York Times said they stood by their report.

“We stand by our reporting,” said spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.

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Lindsey Graham defers to Democrats, says top Dems must approve Trump’s US attorney replacement

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced Saturday that President Donald Trump’s replacement for U.S. Attorney in the southern district of New York will have to go through top Senate Democrats.

Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that he will not consider Trump’s replacement nominee unless both New York senators — Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand — give the nominee a “blue slip,” the signal that home-state senators approve of a federal judicial nominee.

Traditionally, not returning the blue-slips means the nomination will be blocked.

“As to processing U.S. Attorney nominations, it has always been the policy of the Judiciary Committee to receive blue slips from the home state senators before proceeding to the nomination,” Graham said in a statement. “As chairman, I have honored that policy and will continue to do so.”

Attorney General William Barr announced late Friday that Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was leaving his job. In response, Berman, who has investigated some of Trump’s top political allies, quickly denied news of his departure, saying that he would remain in his role until the Senate confirmed his replacement.

According to CNN, Barr had asked Berman to quietly resign, offering him senior roles in the Justice Department as incentive. But because Berman refused, he was promptly fired by the president on Saturday.

In his initial statement on Friday, Barr announced that Trump would replace Berman with Jay Clayton, current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Unfortunately for Clayton, both Schumer and Gillibrand said they will not support his nomination.

Schumer said in a statement on Saturday:

Forty seven years ago, Elliott Richardson had the courage to say no to a gross abuse of presidential power. Jay Clayton has a similar choice today: He can allow himself to be used in the brazen Trump-Barr scheme to interfere in investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, or he can stand up to this corruption, withdraw his name from consideration, and save his own reputation from overnight ruin.

Furthermore, I am calling for the Department of Justice Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility to immediately launch an investigation into the reasons behind the decision by the president and the attorney general to attempt to dismiss Mr. Berman.

Gillibrand said, “I will not be complicit in helping President Trump and Attorney General Barr fire a U.S. attorney who is reportedly investigating corruption in this administration. Jay Clayton should withdraw his name from consideration immediately and remove himself from this sham.”

Meanwhile, Graham said, “I know Mr. Clayton and believe him to be a fine man and accomplished lawyer.”

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DC mayor to President Trump: Federal troops are ‘inflaming demonstrators’ and I want them out

The Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., penned a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that he “withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence” from the city.

Muriel Bowser added in her letter, dated Thursday, that since the city’s curfew and state of emergency are over — and protesters have been “peaceful,” and the city is “well equipped to handle large demonstrations and First Amendment activities” — the troops are no longer needed.

‘Inflaming demonstrators’

Bowser also said she’s “concerned that unidentified federal personnel patrolling the streets … pose both safety and national security risks” — and that they’re “inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing black Americans.”

She also said when federal personnel mix with city police, it “can breed dangerous confusion such as when helicopters are used in a war-like tactic to frighten and disperse peaceful protesters.”

Kicking out the National Guard from hotels?

In addition, there have been rumblings that Bowser was canceling hotel accommodations for members of the Utah National Guard, which set off Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham:

Graham, of South Carolina, added in subsequent tweets that “I will do everything possible to push back against this outrage against the men and women of our National Guard. They left their homes and businesses in Utah to protect homes and businesses in our nation’s Capital. The Mayor of D.C. should thank them — not evict them!”

He also said, “Federal taxpayer dollars come from all 50 states to help D.C. Why should we continue to provide federal funding to an entity who refuses to allow lawfully assembled National Guardsmen a place to sleep?”

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was similarly outraged, noting that “more than 1,200 troops from 10 states are being evicted. This is unacceptable.”

How did Bowser respond?

Bowser answered Lee in a tweet of her own:

“Senator — until they are recalled home — which I have formally requested from the President, your troops are in D.C. hotels,” she wrote. “However, D.C. residents cannot pay their hotel bills. The Army can clear that up with the hotel today, and we are willing to help.”

‘Keep in mind that that’s the people’s house’

Bowser on Thursday criticized the placement of additional fencing and barriers around the White House amid protesting and rioting, saying “keep in mind that that’s the people’s house.”

“It’s a sad commentary that the house and its inhabitants have to be walled off,” she added. “I think that’s a sad commentary. We should want the White House opened up for people to be able to access it from all sides.”

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Breaking: Lindsey Graham announces vote to seek subpoenas of former Obama officials in probe of ‘Obamagate’ scandal

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that the committee would be voting to authorize subpoenas of former Obama officials in the investigation into “ObamaGate.”

Graham made the announcement in a press release on Monday.

“Obamagate” is the nickname for the scandal tying former President Barack Obama to the allegedly politically motivated investigation into Trump campaign officials around the 2016 election.

Graham said they were seeking “subpoena authorization related to the FISA abuse investigation and oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”

The notice said once granted the authorization, he could issue a subpoena for “witnesses, documents, or other materials.”

Among those named in the press release were former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign denied the accusations that the FISA process had been politicized in order to target Trump campaign officials, and instead blamed racism for the claims.

Earlier on Monday U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that he didn’t expect either Obama or Biden to face a criminal investigation.

“As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said to reporters. “Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others.”

Graham indicated that the vote would take place on June 4.

Here’s more about the Obamagate scandal:


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Oregon business owner who defiantly reopened says Child Protective Services questioned her family

An Oregon business owner who reopened in defiance of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s lockdown order said Child Protective Services showed up at her house and questioned her children.

Lindsey Graham, owner of the Glamour Salon in Salem, vowed earlier this month to reopen her business despite the possible consequences of violating the stay-at-home order.

“I’m risking going to jail to do it. That’s how important it is to my family,” she said, according to KPTV-TV. “I’m deciding that it’s more important for me to feed my family and pay the bills that are going to keep our home and our family alive than take the risk to remain being shut down for an undisclosed amount of time.”

On Friday, Graham revealed that Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division fined her $14,000 for making good on her promise to reopen last week.

But that’s not all.

Graham said that CPS showed up at her home last week and questioned her children.

“If you can possibly believe this, on May 7 Child Protective Services showed up at my home. They questioned my husband and I, they questioned my child without me present, they searched our home,” Graham said, KOIN-TV reported.

“I’ve never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing could have ever been done to me or my family,” she added.

Oregon CPS neither confirmed nor denied whether they questioned Graham and her children due to minor protection laws.

Graham will face more fines if she continues to operate her business — something she vowed to do.

“I’m vowing to stay open as long as I can, basically, until the governor tries to take my entire career, something I’ve worked 15 years for, out from underneath me,” she said on Friday.

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Lindsey Graham drops bombshell, explains why he believes Kim Jong Un is ‘dead or incapacitated’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed on Saturday that he would “be shocked” if North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is not dead or medically incapacitated.

Speaking on Fox News, Graham said he did not have direct knowledge about Kim’s situation, but said the rumors about his health are probably more truth than fiction.

“Well, it’s a closed society, I don’t know anything directly,” Graham said. “But I’d be shocked if he’s not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don’t let rumors like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea.”

“So I pretty well believe he is dead or incapacitated,” he said.

“And I hope the long-suffering North Korean people will get some relief if he is dead, and President Trump’s willing to do business with North Korea in a win-win fashion,” Graham continued. “So, if this guy is dead, I hope the next person who takes over will work with President Trump to make North Korea a better place for everybody.”

Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

As TheBlaze reported, Japanese media has reported that Kim was left in a “vegetative state” following complications during a recent surgery. According to the report, Kim underwent surgery after suddenly collapsing during a visit to parts of rural North Korea.

The development followed a CNN report last week that indicated Kim’s health was in “grave danger.” The South Korean government pushed back against those claims, and top U.S. military personnel said they had no reason to believe Kim was not in control of North Korea.

Kim has not been seen publicly for weeks, and he missed celebrating a major North Korean holiday on Saturday.

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Lindsey Graham punches back at Pelosi after she blames Trump for Americans dying from coronavirus

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday after she laid blame at President Donald Trump’s feet for Americans who die from the coronavirus.

Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that “as the president fiddles, people are dying.” The California Democrat claimed that Trump had a delayed response to COVID-19 that is resulting in exponential growth of the virus in America.

Graham responded to Pelosi’s claims during an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“What she said, she’s blaming the president of the United States for people dying because of the way he’s led the country,” Graham said. “That’s the most shameful, disgusting statement by any politician in modern history.”

The South Carolina lawmaker went on to excoriate Pelosi for holding up the coronavirus relief package.

“This is the same speaker of the House who held up the bill in the Senate for days because she wanted same-day voting, she wanted carbon neutrality for the airlines, she wanted $75 million for the endowment for the humanities, and $25 million for the Kennedy Center,” Graham said.

“She is the one that held up the package in the Senate for days to get the Green New Deal put in a recovery package,” he continued. “So it’s the most shameful, disgusting thing I have heard yet. And it needs to stop.”


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