Senator Lindsey Graham defended Joe Biden on Fox News tonight amid Democratic criticisms of the former veep for his comments about civility in a Congress with two segregationist senators.
Biden named two former Democratic senators who held strong segregationist views, and candidates from Cory Booker to Kamala Harris have come out to criticize him.
Graham told Bret Baier, “If you want to give me a list of why I can’t deal with you because I disagree with you, I could make a long list for everybody running for president on the Democratic side. If that becomes the norm, that we can’t work with somebody because of whatever position they take we don’t like, then it’s over.”
He said Biden “did nothing wrong” by working with “people that I didn’t agree with for the good of the country,” bringing up how Biden spoke at Strom Thurmond‘s funeral and saying Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Defends Biden: He Said He Worked With People He ‘Didn’t Agree With for the Good of the Country’"
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) broke with President Donald Trump on Thursday, scolding him over comments he would be open to accepting dirt on political opponents provided by foreign governments.
During a brief press gaggle, Graham was barraged with questions over Trump saying he would accept foreign dirt and rejecting the idea of informing the FBI about it. When asked for comment, Graham turned the conversation towards Democrats funding Fusion GPS, the firm that produced Christopher Steele’s dossier, before noting, “Foreign influence in our elections is growing, not lessening, and we don’t want to send a signal to encourage it.”
“Giving you anything of value whether it be money or information on your opponent, the right answer is no,” Graham said. “I think it’s a mistake [by Trump]. I think it’s a mistake of law. I don’t want to send a signal to encourage this.”
Graham was also asked Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Scolds Trump For Saying He’s Open to Foreign Dirt: ‘The Right Answer is No’"
Senator Lindsey Graham fired back Tuesday after MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough blasted him for selling his soul.
On Morning Joe, during a discussion of the late John McCain and a claim from Amy Klobuchar, John Heilemannraised the question of what happened to Graham in the past few years.
Scarborough said Graham made a cynical political calculation and “sold his political soul for, you know, 20 percentage points inside his own Republican Party.”
Graham spoke with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and the host asked him to respond.
Graham said he still remembers how poorly McCain was treated in 2008 and again said he wants Trump to be “successful,” adding that he pushes back when he thinks he’s wrong.
The South Carolina senator said his constituents want him working with Trump and “cable chatter is just cable chatter.”
Graham praised Trump’s Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Hits Back at MSNBC Host Who Said He Sold His Soul: I Don’t Worry About ‘Pleasing Joe Scarborough’"
There has been no greater political conversion in recent history than that of Senator Lindsey Graham and his transformation from being the most vocal critic of then-candidate Donald Trump to the president’s most loyal supporter, advocate, and defender in U.S. Congress.
Joe Scarborough addressed this in stark comparison to Graham’s best friend in Congress Senator John McCain, who never wavered in his criticism of Trump up until he passed away last August as a result of brain cancer.
Scarborough, a former GOP congressman himself, noted that Graham had flagging approval ratings in his state but now has one of the better approval ratings with the rank and file in the Republican Party in the state of South Carolina,” as a result of his support of Trump.
“He basically sold his soul, political soul, sold his political soul for, you know, 20 percentage points inside his own Republican Party,” Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Unlike John McCain, Lindsey Graham ‘Sold His Political Soul’ to Support Trump"
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) advocated war with Venezuela if the country does not accept Juan Guaidó as its president on Fox News Sunday.
“Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela,” Graham told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace. “The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader.”
Graham noted Maduro would not be in power if not for support from Cuban security forces, and proposed President Donald Trump invade Venezuela in the same way former President Ronald Reagan invaded Grenada in the 1980s.
“I would do exactly what Reagan did,” the South Carolina senator said. “I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro.”
“And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you,” he added. “This is in our backyard. Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Proposes Invasion of Venezuela: If Trump Doesn’t Act, World Will ‘Think He’s Weak’"
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with his own words, taking the Trump-defender to task for saying that ignoring subpoenas could be impeachable in the 90s, but changing his tune now that Trump is defying Congress.
On this week’s edition of Fox News Sunday, Wallace asked Graham about his comments during the Clinton era.
“You call all of what’s going on in Washington a circus, but you took a different view back when you were leading the impeachment effort against Bill Clinton back in the late ’90s,” Wallace said. “At that time you said that any president, and you talk specifically about Clinton and Richard Nixon, who defied Congress when it came to subpoenas was in danger of impeachment.”
“Here you are back then,” Wallace said, and played a clip of Graham saying “You’re becoming the judge and jury, it is not your job Continue reading "Chris Wallace Nails Lindsey Graham With Clip of His Own Words from 1999 About Ignoring Subpoenas"
Senator Lindsey Graham pushed back on the increased calls of a Presidential “cover-up” made recently by his political rivals across the aisle during a Friday morning appearance on Fox & Friends.
Earlier this week Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows when she averred that in her esteem the “President of the United States has engaged in a cover-up.” Since then, the term “cover-up” has been an oft-repeated phrase by fellow Democrats, Trump critics and predictable cable news programs known for taking critical looks at President Donald Trump.
But in Graham’s opinion, the term “cover-up” is not a fair portrayal of an administration with which he enjoys a most-cozy relationship.
After outlining significant evidence of how the White House cooperated with the Mueller investigation, Graham asked rhetorically “What did Donald Trump coverup regarding Mueller? Nothing.” He added, “if fighting back against a bunch of crazy people trying to destroy his Continue reading "Lindsey Graham: Fighting Back Against ‘Crazy People’ Trying to Destroy You Isn’t Covering Up"
That, more or less, is the message the New Yorker is sending to three prominent Republicans with its positively scathing new cover. Out front of the issue set to his newsstands on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Attorney General William Barr can all be seen kneeling at the feet of President Donald Trump and shining his shoes.
Senator Lindsey Graham has shown great loyalty to President Donald Trump over the past two years or so, particularly in what critics see as a shameless and diametric rhetorical difference from what the South Carolina senator said of then-candidate Trump during the GOP primaries.
During a Wednesday evening on Hannity however, Graham appeared to go further than he had gone before in defending President Trump, likening two years of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a “political rectal exam.”
Graham’s curious turn of phrase was in response to host Sean Hannity’s questioning the “justifiable reason” for the broad mandate that Mueller investigation enjoyed.
Sen. Graham clarified that in his opinion Mueller’s job was to find out if candidate Trump colluded with Russia, or “Did our president, when he was running for office, win the election because the Russians helped him?”
After Hannity added that Mueller Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Decries Two Year Investigation Into Trump as ‘Political Rectal Exam’"
Sinclair anchor Eric Bolling questioned Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on his newfound support for President Donald Trump on America This Week.
In a wide-ranging interview that aired Wednesday, Bolling eventually turned to Graham’s embrace of the president, who he ran against in 2016 and described as a “kook.”
“You were not always on board with Trump,” Bolling said, noting Graham’s state, South Carolina, largely supports the president.
“That’s an understatement,” Graham quipped.
“What do you say to those who say, well you came on board the Trump train because your 2020 reelection?” Bolling asked.
Graham noted that he worked with President Barack Obama after the Democrat beat John McCain, and that after Trump trounced him in the 2016 election, he decided to do the same.
“From a policy point of view I’m happy as a clam,” Graham said, noting the Trump administration’s fight against ISIS, tax reform, Continue reading "Bolling Presses Lindsey Graham on Trump Support: ‘What Would John McCain Think?’"
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell went off on Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham tonight,
He teed off on Graham for suggesting this week that if he was Donald Trump Jr.‘s lawyer, he’d tell him to ignore the Senate Intel Committee subpoena. Today the committee reached a deal with the president’s so for a limited interview.
O’Donnell, meanwhile, said tonight, “The 27 psychiatrists and mental health professionals who wrote the book about Donald Trump are going to have to find some time to explain Lindsey Graham.”
He couldn’t believe Graham’s comments about Don Jr., especially when compared to comments of his in the Clinton era on the same issue. And that’s when O’Donnell really went off:
Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano was a little thrown today by Senator Lindsey Graham‘s advice to Donald Trump Jr. regarding the subpoena against him by the Senate Intel Committee.
Graham suggested Sunday the president’s son should just ignore the subpoena. The Judiciary Committee chairman said today he doesn’t consider Don Jr. above the law, but that he doesn’t like the idea of prosecuting “for political reasons.”
Graham: I'm afraid that we're beginning to prosecute each other for political reasons & I don't want any part of that. I don't want any part of destroying the Biden family, the Trump family..Having said that, Junior is not above the law. Neither is Hunter Biden.
CNN analyst Chris Cillizza panned Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, for suggesting during an interview on Fox News Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. should ignore a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
That advice, as CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted, flies in the face of Graham’s previous arguments under the Clinton administration that defying subpoenas constitutes an assault on the Constitution. Blitzer played a clip of Graham making that argument in 1998, before turning to Cillizza.
“Lindsey Graham has learned one thing from his newfound ally, Donald Trump,” Cillizza said. “Situational ethics is perfectly fine in politics, because that’s what’s happening here. What’s the difference between that clip and today, other than 21 years? The difference is Bill Clinton was president then, a Democrat, and Donald Trump is president now, a Republican who Lindsey Graham has allied himself with.”
“There’s a number of issues Continue reading "‘Appalling’: CNN’s Chris Cillizza Pans Lindsey Graham For ‘Situational Ethics’ on Don Jr. Subpoena"
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D- CT) swiped at Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) on CNN this afternoon for his advice to the president’s son.
Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News yesterday, “If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell him, you don’t need to go back into this environment anymore. You’ve been there for hours and hours and nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation. I would call it a day.”
Blumenthal appeared on CNN this afternoon and again said he believes Trump Jr. was deceptive in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
When Blitzer asked about Graham’s comments, Blumenthal said the following:
Sen. Lindsey Graham offered Donald Trump Jr. a bit of legal advice on Fox News Sunday morning.
He suggested the First Son ignore a subpoena from his Republican colleague in the Senate and “call it a day.”
Graham’s remarks were made during a discussion with Maria Bartiromo.
“What is this subpoena of Trump Jr. coming out of your colleagues and the Senate Intel Committee?” Bartiromo asked.
“As I understand it, the subpoena relates to what Michael Cohen said about some meetings and about the Trump Tower in Russia,” Graham replied.
Then after noting Sen. Richard Burr is a very good friend but he’s “trying hard to be bipartisan,” he added: “Anything based on what Michael Cohen said is worthless testimony. Michael Cohen is a worthless witness.”
Finally, turning to Trump Jr, Graham advised he stay home.
“If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Offers Donald Trump Jr. Legal Advice: Ignore Senate Subpoena and ‘Call It a Day’"
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is open to special counsel Robert Mueller testifying, but Sean Hannity told him tonight there’s a lot he wants Mueller to answer for.
They first discussed the Steele dossier and the FISA warrant, issues that Graham recently indicated he wants to investigate concerning the Russia investigation itself.
As for Mueller himself, Hannity noted that “Trump may stop it” but also “I don’t know if I want that”:
“I want to know when did he know there was no conspiracy with the Trump campaign and Russia as it relates to collusion of any kind. When did he know that? Why did he hire only Democrats and even Hillary’s attorney and one attorney known for withholding exculpatory evidence and having a really bad track record and failing, and why was he not concerned about Hillary’s dirty Russian dossier when he had plenty of time to look into Continue reading "Hannity to Lindsey Graham: Maybe Mueller Should Testify, There’s a Lot We Need to Know"
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, following Attorney General Bill Barr‘s testimony this week, said he doesn’t plan to call special counsel Robert Mueller to testify.
“If there’s any dispute about a conversation then he’ll come, but I’m not going to retry the case,” he said.
Graham has now written a letter to Mueller inviting him to testify if any dispute does exist.
To recap, in the days following Barr releasing his letter summarizing the principal conclusions of the full report, Mueller wrote Barr a letter that said his letter “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.”
Barr testified this week that he subsequently called Mueller to ask about his concerns and that Mueller did not find Barr’s letter to be inaccurate.
Graham today sent Mueller a letter on this issue, noting Barr’s testimony and what he said the special Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Invites Mueller to Testify on Barr Call…If He Wants To"
The Late Show opened up Wednesday night with a hilarious spoof of Attorney General William Barr‘s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The sketch featured host Stephen Colbert crashing the hearing to ask his own pressing questions of Barr.
“Excuse me, excuse me, Mr. Chairman. Can I ask a question?” Colbert says at the top of the sketch. “I was just looking for the salad bar, and I wandered in here.”
Then speaking to ‘Barr,’ he says: “Now, much of the report has been redacted, sir. When do you plan on unredacting all of it?”
An edited clip of Barr then appears, which is badly ‘redacted’ with a held-up black bar and a bleep.
“Did you just redact yourself?” Colbert asked.
Colbert then asks ‘Barr’ a series of questions including probing if he could be trusted, where he got his glasses and Continue reading "Colbert Hilariously Spoofs Barr Hearing: ‘Did You Just Redact Yourself?’"
Attorney General William Barr derided Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s letter objecting to the Barr memo as “snitty,” and suggested the missive was not written by Mueller, but by “one of his staff people.”
As Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing wound down, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) questioned Barr on the letter and phone call in which Mueller made his objections known.
Under questioning, Barr revealed that he called Mueller after receiving the letter, and that they spoke for “ten to fifteen minutes” in the presence of “multiple witnesses” including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Barr said he put Mueller on speakerphone which, while not a crime, is super annoying.
Barr then described the conversation, ironically in snitty fashion.
“I said Bob, what’s with the letter? You know?” Barr recounted. “Why didn’t you just pick up the phone and call me if there’s an issue?”
“And he said Continue reading "Barr Calls Mueller Letter ‘A Bit Snitty’: Probably ‘Written by One of His Staff People’"
Shortly after the end of Attorney General Bill Barr‘s congressional testimony today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced that he has no intention of bringing Robert Mueller before his committee. said that he has no plans to bring special counsel Robert Mueller before the committee. “It’s over,” he told reporters.
“Why not call for Mueller to testify?” a reporter asked Graham outside Barr’s testimony.
“I’m not going to do anymore. Enough already. It’s over,” he replied. “If there’s any dispute about a conversation then he’ll come, but I’m going to retry the case, I’m not calling McGhan. It is over.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced this week that his committee will let Mueller testify before a panel this month. Lawmakers have proposed asking Mueller why he chose to punt the issue of obstruction charges to the Justice Department and why he sent a letter Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Says He Won’t Ask Mueller to Testify: ‘It Is Over’"