Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who now chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, made clear last week that he intends to launch new investigations into alleged scandals of the Obama era, including another go at Hillary Clinton’s emails.
But Democrats on the committee met Graham’s statements with laughter, according to The Hill, mocking the Trump ally’s passion for what they view as wholly partisan probes.
Graham, who backed President Trump’s demands for investigations into several Obama-era scandals last year, now plans to probe the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation and its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application that targeted form Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, The Hill reports.
Graham previously told reporters this month that he would do a “deep dive on the FISA issue.” Conservatives have repeatedly insisted that the Justice Department violated Page’s rights by collecting his electronic communications. The FBI has said it was investigating Page because they believed he was conspiring with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.
In response, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reportedly chuckled: The Hill said he “started laughing and compared them to the ‘thrilling days of yesteryear,’” and quoted Durbin as saying, “This is going to be like the History Channel, it turns out. Instead of taking a look at the current issues, Lindsey Graham wants to go back and answer important questions about the Bermuda Triangle and Hillary Clinton.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who also sits on the committee, quipped that perhaps Graham should “investigate Benghazi some more.”
Democrats, on the other hand, would like to look more deeply into the Trump-Russia scandal and have asked to call the president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to testify under oath.
Buzzfeed News recently reported that Trump directed Cohen to lie during his earlier congressional testimony, though that report has not been confirmed by other news outlets.