Senator Lindsey Graham said this week that special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report should not be made public until a special counsel is appointed to look into “the abuses, potentially, by the Department of Justice and the FBI regarding the Clinton email investigation.”
Though the House voted unanimously on a resolution calling upon the Justice Department to release Mueller’s report publicly in full, redacted only where necessary, Graham blocked a vote on the nonbinding resolution in the Senate on Thursday, HuffPost reported.
“Was there two systems of justice in 2016? One for the Democratic candidate and one for the Republican candidate?” Mediaite reported Graham asking on the Senate floor, adding, “If the shoe were on the other foot… all hell would pay.”
The South Carolina Republican also told Fox News on Wednesday that he believes a special counsel should look into “potential crimes” by Justice Department and FBI officials.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, called for Thursday’s vote on the measure and said there is no reason anyone should block the vote.
Schumer indicated that Graham’s mention of Clinton appeared “to be a pretext for blocking this very simple, noncontroversial resolution.”
“I have absolutely no idea why a member of this body would object to this basic level of transparency, whatever their concern on other issues,” Schumer added. “The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that.”