Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tipped his hand to ex-home state GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy on a Fox News podcast. Sen. Graham gave some thoughts on his plan to subpoena former Special Counsel Robert Mueller for testimony. “He has a lot to account for — and we’ll see how he does,” Graham announced.
As Politico reported:
Graham, who described himself as “hellbent” on investigating those who investigated President Donald Trump’s team, said he intends to press Mueller about a raft of developments since the former FBI chief testified to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees nearly a year ago — from a watchdog’s finding that crucial surveillance warrants were riddled with errors to the discovery that the FBI briefly intended to drop its case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Over the weekend, Graham said he would grant Democrats’ previous request for Mueller to appear before the committee as part of its GOP-led review of the origins of the Russia investigation. Graham’s statement came after Mueller wrote a Washington Post op-ed in which he defended a nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his office’s prosecution of Trump confidant Roger Stone.
Sen. Graham noted that a Justice Department inspector general report dinged the FBI over its handling of a warrant application for Carter Page: “From the first time he testified to now, a lot has changed.”
Then declared, “Bottom line is, I had no intention of calling Mr. Mueller. He testified before the House. It was not pretty to watch. But at the end of the day, Trey, he decided to interject himself into the Roger Stone case.” Plus he added, the Mueller investigation was “probably one of the most corrupt investigations since J. Edgar Hoover at the FBI.”
And expressed, “I am hellbent on making sure that somebody investigates the investigators,” he stated. “The time has come for us to look at the other side of the story. Stay tuned. There’s going to be a lot of stuff come out.”
He pointed to an inspector general’s report cited the 40-page memo as a crucial weakness in the FBI’s Russia investigation. “My staff has finally got to look at it. It’s classified. I’m going to try to get it unclassified.” What does Graham hope to achieve from this action?