‘It’s Now…a Criminal Investigation’: After Deputy AG Briefing, Lindsey Graham Says Russia Probe Now Criminal

Following a rare briefing of the entire Senate by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Senator Lindsey Graham met with a pack of reporters on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest on the probe into Russian interference in the election. And after Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel, Graham announced that the probe has fundamentally changed in nature. “It’s now considered a criminal investigation,” Graham said. Graham added that Congress will now have “severely limited” ability to conduct any investigation, and seemed to suggest that some of his colleagues on the Hill who banged the drum for a special counsel didn’t fully grasp the ramifications. “I think a lot of members want the special counsel to be appointed, don’t understand that you’re pretty well knocked out of the game,” Graham said. “And that’s probably the way it should be.” Watch above, via Twitter and CNN. [featured image via screengrab] —— Follow Joe DePaolo (@joe_depaolo) on Twitter

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