In the wake of all Obamagate documents dropping this week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said on Thursday, that he would start “in depth” hearings at the beginning of June dealing with the Crossfire Hurricane, the actions against Carter Page and Gen. Michael Flynn as well as other Obama Administration abusues.
“Our first phase will deal with the government’s decision to dismiss the Flynn case as well as an in-depth analysis of the unmasking requests made by Obama Administration officials against General Flynn. We must determine if these requests were legitimate,” Graham released in a statement. “Our next area of inquiry, later this summer, will be oversight building upon the Horowitz report about FISA abuses against Carter Page. My goal is to find out why and how the system got so off the rails.”
“Finally, we will look at whether Robert Mueller should have ever been appointed as Special Counsel. Was there legitimate reason to conclude the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians?” he continued.
The unmasking of General Flynn by the Obama Administration regarding conversations during the presidential transition are deeply troubling and smell of politics, not national security.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 13, 2020
President Donald Trump had a big suggestion for who he thought should be called to testify.
If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama. He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020
Graham expressed concern about calling Obama as part of the oversight responsibility, saying there’s executive privilege questions. But by that standard you’d never address any impeachment offenses and this is one of the biggest scandals in political history.
Graham said he would be willing to hear from both Trump and Obama, but he said he didn’t think that would necessarily be good for the country.
“We have the sitting president (Trump) accusing the former president (Obama) of being part of a treasonous conspiracy to undermine his presidency. We have the former president suggesting the current president is destroying the rule of law by dismissing the General Flynn case,” he continued. “As to the Judiciary Committee, both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other. If nothing else it would make for great television. However, I have great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”
Here’s the problem. It’s time to go big or go home. Don’t start the hearings unless you’re willing to go all the way and commit to calling out the corruption wherever you find it, however high it goes. No more empty hearings where things are revealed but then no one is ever held to account.
The president has every reason to have lost patience given all the things that have been done to undermine him.
There finally needs to be consequences and it sounds like Attorney General Bill Barr, acting DNI Ric Grenell and U.S. Attorney John Durham are serious about making it happen.
No more talk, Lindsey, time for real action.