Lindsey Graham Makes Wishy-Washy Statement on Trump-McCain Feud: I Don’t Like When POTUS ‘Says These Things’


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While speaking with reporters on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave his support to his longtime pal, the late Sen. John McCain, after President Donald Trump attacked him while giving a speech at a tank factory in Ohio. “There’s no one I admire more than John McCain,” he said, pointing to his support of McCain when he ran for president. Graham also noted how people who were viciously opposed to him are now in his corner because they’re against Trump. “A lot of people are coming to John’s defense now that called him crazy and a warmonger. So it’s kinda interesting to see the politics of how this dispute’s being used to bash Trump by people who were against both Trump and McCain,” he said. Graham did note that he does not like it when Trump attacks McCain. “My job is to represent the people of South Carolina. They Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Makes Wishy-Washy Statement on Trump-McCain Feud: I Don’t Like When POTUS ‘Says These Things’"

Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?


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ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams speculated that former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker may have “tipped off” Donald Trump as to the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report. On Monday’s edition of Sirius XM’s The Dan Abrams Show, Abrams delved into some of the ways in which Trump has railed against the Mueller investigation, including saying, just last week, that there “should be no Mueller report.” But over the weekend, Abrams noted, Trump tweeted that he “told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency” on the non-binding House resolution to demand the release of the Mueller report, which passed the House 420-0, but was blocked in the Senate by Lindsey Graham. “Why would the president suddenly be supporting transparency for something that he doesn’t think should exist?” Abrams wondered, adding “It’s got to make you wonder whether Matt Whitaker Continue reading "Dan Abrams: Did Matt Whitaker Tip Trump Off About Mueller’s Report?"

Joy Behar Rips Lindsey Graham’s Tepid Defense of John McCain: ‘He Needs to Find His Testicularity’


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Like many other opinion-centric infotainment programs, The View opened Monday’s show by lighting into President Donald Trump’s voluminous  Twitter output in which the commander-in-chief complained about an SNL re-run, directed Fox News programming decisions, spouted conspiracy theories and, notably for viewers of The View, blasted Senator John McCain. Each co-host took turns lamenting Trump’s Twitter behavior before Meghan McCain was given the turn to gracefully respond to what she deemed as evidence of just how “pathetic” Trump is for attacking her father. But it was Joy Behar’s dinging of Senator Lindsey Graham for what she deemed as his very tepid response to the memory of his Senatorial best buddy that earned this Mediaite headline. After Trump twice blasted the recently departed American war hero  — and former GOP presidential candidate — Graham tweeted out what many saw as a soft defense of his former congressional colleague. Graham tweeted:

Lindsey Graham Calls For Hillary Clinton Special Counsel Before Mueller Report Released: Anyone Else Would Be ‘In Jail Now’


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The House unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday calling for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s final report to be made public. One key Senator, though, wants some strings attached. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blocked that resolution when it reached the Senate, calling for an investigation into Hillary Clinton to be undertaken first. Speaking on the Senate Floor Thursday afternoon, Graham called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate “the abuses, potentially, by the Department of Justice and the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation.” “Was there two systems of justice in 2016?” Graham said. “One for the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican candidate?” He added, “If the shoe were on the other foot…All hell would pay.” Graham referenced the tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, as well as a number of unfounded claims which Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Calls For Hillary Clinton Special Counsel Before Mueller Report Released: Anyone Else Would Be ‘In Jail Now’"

Trump Reportedly Told Concerned Lawmakers He Agrees ‘100%’ With Keeping Military Presence in Syria


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President Donald Trump‘s announcement of all U.S. troops leaving Syria back in December concerned a number of lawmakers, including some Republicans. Last month the White House announced a “small peacekeeping group of about 200 troops would remain in Syria,” and lawmakers sent a letter to the president applauding the move. But the letter––signed by Senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, among others––emphasizes that they support a “small contingent of Americans forces” remaining in Syria to “ensure stability and prevent the return of ISIS.” Per NBC News, the President responded with a message written on the letter saying, “I agree 100%. All is being done.” After Trump’s December announcement, Graham had said such a move “would be a huge Obama-like mistake.” Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned following the announcement. Watch above, via MSNBC. [photo via Olivier Douliery-Pool / Getty Images]

McCabe’s 60 Minutes Interview Prompts Lindsey Graham to Call for Senate Hearing into Possible ‘Administrative Coup’ Attempt


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In an interview that aired on 60 Minutes on Sunday, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to secretly record conversations in the White House. He also said that Rosenstein brought up the notion of invoking the 25th Amendment against Trump. Yet, even before the interview aired in full on Sunday night, Graham responded to a clip of the interview by calling for a Senate investigation into a possible “administrative coup” as reported by McCabe.

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anchor Margaret Brennan first played the clip of McCabe saying Rosenstein was the one to bring it up. “Senator, that’s a tremendous allegation to make,” she then said to Graham. “Have you ever asked Rod Rosenstein if, in fact, that conversation happened?” “Well, he’s publicly denied it, but the whole point of Congress existing is to provide oversight of Continue reading "McCabe’s 60 Minutes Interview Prompts Lindsey Graham to Call for Senate Hearing into Possible ‘Administrative Coup’ Attempt"

Lindsey Graham Defends Reallocating Funds for Trump’s Border Wall: It’s ‘Better’ for KY Kids to Have a Secure Border


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On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that it is better for the children in Kentucky to have a secure border, even if Trump declaring a national emergency meant reallocating funds earmarked to help build them a new school. Graham’s comment came during an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation. “The president just declared a national emergency with regard to getting the funds for his border wall. In terms of getting those funds through this emergency action, there’s about $3.6 billion of it. That could come from military construction efforts including construction of a middle school in Kentucky, housing for military families, improvements for bases like Camp Pendleton and Hanscom Air Force base,” anchor Margaret Brennan said. She then asked the Republican leader:  “Aren’t you concerned that some of these projects that were part of legislation that you helped approve in Congress are now going to possibly be cut out?” Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Defends Reallocating Funds for Trump’s Border Wall: It’s ‘Better’ for KY Kids to Have a Secure Border"

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr’s Attorney General Nomination


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In a vote along party lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of William Barr to be the next Attorney General. His nomination will be headed to the Senate floor for a full vote. If confirmed, Barr will be replacing Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions after President Donald Trump fired him. “I think we need a new attorney general I appreciate what Mr. Whitaker has done but I think the Continue reading "Senate Judiciary Committee Approves William Barr’s Attorney General Nomination"

Former Senator Claire McCaskill To Morning Joe: Lindsey Graham Has Lost His Mind


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Former Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) appeared on Morning Joe Wednesday morning and to ostensibly provide insight into the current Congressional dynamics, in particular, the backroom drama surrounding President Donald Trump’s possible declaration of a national emergency to build his much-touted border wall. There is an apparent split amongst Congressional Republicans on the “national emergency gambit” which was addressed by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who recently addressed his fellow Republicans and said they needed to go along with the national emergency if that’s what it comes to. Co-host Willie Geist asked McCaskill what she thought about Graham’s comments, to which she replied plainly “number one, Lindsey Graham has lost his mind. I don’t understand what has happened.” After Geist pressed with “What’s he doing, Senator?” McCaskill admitted she didn’t know. “It’s beyond bizarre to me. This is not the man I served shoulder to shoulder with so many years. I don’t Continue reading "Former Senator Claire McCaskill To Morning Joe: Lindsey Graham Has Lost His Mind"

Lindsey Graham Sends Letter to FBI Head Questioning Tactics of Roger Stone Arrest, Asks if CNN Was Tipped Off


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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent FBI Director Christopher Wray a letter with questions about the arrest of Roger Stone. “While I firmly support law enforcement taking into action threats to officer safety, flight risk, and the need to ensure evidence is preserved,” he wrote, “I am leery that a subject of the Special Counsel’s investigation, who had retained counsel, had publicly stated that he believed that he would at some point be indicted, and was apparently willing to surrender voluntarily, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid at his home.” He has a number of questions about the tactics of the raid, which he also tweeted out:

Lindsey Graham Calls Pelosi’s SOTU Rejection ‘A New Low’: It’s ‘Absurd, Petty, and Shameful’


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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her rejection of President Donald Trump‘s request to hold the State of the Union next Tuesday. Trump sent a letter to Pelosi today saying he wants to hold the address on time and on location. She responded in a letter saying there will be no State of the Union in the House chamber until the government shutdown has ended. Graham said in a statement tonight this is “a new low for American politics,” calling Pelosi’s move “absurd, petty, and shameful.” “The judgement of history will not be kind,” he added. [image via screengrab]

Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal May Lead to ‘Iraq on Steroids’


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In his latest condemnation of President Donald Trump’s Syria withdrawal, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the commander-in-chief’s plan could be an even worse version of America’s pullout from Iraq, which — in-part — led to ISIS taking control of much of the region. “Iraq on steroids,” Graham said today, per Reuters. He went to ask that Trump slow down the process, so America’s allies in the region can properly prepare for the departure. In the couple weeks, Graham has become increasingly vocal against Trump over the issue, despite recently becoming a close ally of the president. “I would hope that President Trump would slow the withdrawal until we truly destroy ISIS,” said this week. The senior South Carolina senator added that a “withdrawal that does not outline the points I have made will not end the war against ISIS, it will start a new war.” A particular point of contention Continue reading "Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal May Lead to ‘Iraq on Steroids’"

Lindsey Graham Calls Out Trump and Pelosi’s ‘Sophomoric’ Cancelation of Each Others Events


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In response to President Donald Trump canceling Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s planned trip overseas, Sen. Lindsey Graham came out swing against the two of them. “One sophomoric response does not deserve another,” Graham tweeted. “Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.” “I am glad the Speaker wants to meet our troops and hear from our commanders and allies. I am very disappointed she’s playing politics with the State of the Union. I wish our political leadership could find the same desire to work for common goals as those who serve our nation in uniform and other capacities,” he added. Trump appears to have canceled the trip in response to Pelosi disinviting him from making his State Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Calls Out Trump and Pelosi’s ‘Sophomoric’ Cancelation of Each Others Events"

Rep. Ilan Omar and CNN’s S.E. Cupp Exchange Fire Over Lindsey Graham: ‘Patently Homophobic’


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As fallout from Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) interview with CNN continues, much attention has been focused on her tweet about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) being “comprised” and being blackmailed into giving his support to President Donald Trump. CNN’s S.E. Cupp was among the many people who called out Omar, responding to a tweet from Grabien founder Tom Elliott: After being called out to delete her tweet because Omar did not explicitly mention Graham’s sexuality in the interview, Cupp said she would not because a “member of Congress jumped on the patently homophobic ‘Lindsey must be hiding something’ bandwagon”:

Throw Back Thursday: Lindsey Graham And Laura Ingraham Used to Date


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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Fox News host Laura Ingraham used to date, apparently. Per two 1999 reports, the two were seen showing signs of affection in public shortly after former Democratic President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment trial. “Leggy blond pundit Laura Ingraham and chubby-cheeked Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) are an item,” the New York Post‘s 1999 issue reported. “The personable Graham, 45, is one of the House managers and an emerging star of the trial. Ingraham is the take-no-prisoners host of MSNBC’s ‘Watch It!’ Ingraham said through a spokeswoman that she never comments on her private life. A call to Graham’s office Thursday was not returned.” The Washington Post, which had apparently broken the story, Continue reading "Throw Back Thursday: Lindsey Graham And Laura Ingraham Used to Date"

MSNBC’s Steph Ruhle Loudly Wonders If Trump Has ‘Something Pretty Extreme’ on Lindsey Graham to Get His Support


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While speaking with her panel about Rep. Steve King’s latest controversial comments, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle floated the baseless claim that President Donald Trump is blackmailing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “Before Don got elected, Lindsey Graham called Donald Trump a racist, xenophobic bigot. Those are Lindsey Graham’s words,” former Republican Congressman David Jolly said. “I doubt Lindsey Graham could tell you Donald Trump has had a change of heart in the last 24 months, I bet the change of heart has been with Lindsey Graham, not the president.” “Or it could be that Donald Trump or somebody knows something pretty extreme about Lindsey Graham,” Ruhle chimed in. “We’re gonna have to leave it there.” Graham has become a staunch ally in the Senate to Trump since he has been in office, with the most notable being his strong defense of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch above, via MSNBC

AG Nominee Barr Breaks From Trump: Sessions Should Have Recused Himself, Mueller Not on a Witch Hunt


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Attorney General nominee William Barr is breaking sharply with the man who nominated him, President Donald Trump, on several issues near and dear to the commander-in-chief’s heart. During questioning from new Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as part of his confirmation proceedings Tuesday morning, Barr was asked about special counsel Robert Mueller. The attorney general nominee’s views differ quite a bit from those of his boss. Saying he is “good friends” with Mueller, Barr answered affirmatively when asked if he believes Mueller is fair-minded, and will be fair to the president. Graham followed up by asking if Barr thinks Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt — the label which Trump has repeatedly applied to the special counsel probe. “I don’t believe Mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” Barr said. The nominee went on to say that Jeff Sessions, the man Continue reading "AG Nominee Barr Breaks From Trump: Sessions Should Have Recused Himself, Mueller Not on a Witch Hunt"

Lindsey Graham Finds it ‘Astonishing’ Trump Investigated as Russian Agent: ‘How Could the FBI Do That?’


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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is very concerned about reports that the FBI opened an investigation into whether Donald Trump was acting as a Russian agent, but not because Trump may have been working on Russia’s behalf. Graham is “astonished” that the FBI would even bother to open such a probe. On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace asked Graham to weigh in on The New York Times report that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump after Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. “One, did you know about that? And two, what do you think?” Wallace asked, adding “I have to say, it’s an astonishing idea that the FBI, the bureau investigating whether the president was a Russian agent.” “Number one, that story came from somebody who leaked it with an agenda, so I’d like to know who leaked it,” Graham Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Finds it ‘Astonishing’ Trump Investigated as Russian Agent: ‘How Could the FBI Do That?’"

Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Presidency is Over If He Caves on Border Wall Now


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Sen. Lindsey Graham warned President Donald Trump against signing a spending bill that doesn’t allocate funding for the border wall — because if he does, it “could be the end of his presidency.” “We’re not giving up until we get the money,” Graham said on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show Wednesday night. “He’s not going to sign a bill that doesn’t have money for the wall. I can tell you exactly how this is going to end. The president is going to challenge Democrats to compromise and if they continue to say no, they’re going to pay the price with the American people,” Graham said. Trump is locked in a stalemate with Democratic lawmakers, who have refused to approve any funding for his long-promised border wall, as the government hits day 13 of the shutdown. “If he gives in now, that’s the end of 2019 in terms of Continue reading "Lindsey Graham: Trump’s Presidency is Over If He Caves on Border Wall Now"

Twitter Explodes After Lindsey Graham Calls the Border Wall a ‘Metaphor’: ‘And Mexico is Going to Pay’ for That Metaphor


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On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham left his meeting with President Donald Trump and promptly called the border wall a metaphor. “It’s just not about physical barriers. It’s about other things,” Graham told reporters. He continued on: “The wall has become a metaphor for border security. And what we’re talking about is a physical barrier where it makes sense.” As usual, Twitter had some thoughts. Conservative Bill Kristol skewered Graham’s remarks. “So build a metaphorical wall for free and then end the shutdown, you numpty,” Rewire News’ Imani Gandy wrote. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich noted, “No. It’s become a metaphor for a trumped-up solution Continue reading "Twitter Explodes After Lindsey Graham Calls the Border Wall a ‘Metaphor’: ‘And Mexico is Going to Pay’ for That Metaphor"