Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday said he will vote in favor of a resolution passed in the House of Representatives demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report be made public only if a new special counsel is appointed to probe the Department of Justice’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Hours after the House passed a unanimous nonbinding resolution to make the Mueller report public, Graham took to the Senate floor to file an amendment to the version the Senate would take up calling on Attorney General William Barr to appoint a new special counsel to investigate “misconduct” in the DOJ over the email investigation and the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page, a former aide to the Trump campaign.
“Any American out there who did what Secretary Clinton did, you’d be in jail now,” Graham declared. “The question I want to know is, does anybody other than me believe that?”
“We let Mueller look at all things Trump-related to collusion and otherwise. Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side and find out if the FBI and the DOJ had two systems, one supporting the person they wanted to win and one out to get the person they wanted to lose.”
“If the shoe were on the other foot,” Graham said. “All hell would pay.”
Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shook his head as Graham made his argument, reports The Daily Beast.
“This amendment appears to be a pretext for blocking this very simple, noncontroversial resolution,” said Schumer. “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.”
Sen. Schumer tries to unanimously pass non-binding resolution calling for public release of Mueller report; passed House 420-0.
Sen. Graham objects, requests amendment to appoint special counsel to investigate Clinton email probe and alleged FISA abuses against Carter Page. pic.twitter.com/U8dgb91YLO
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 14, 2019
Graham released a statement a short time later summarizing his call for a new special counsel to “investigate alleged misconduct around the handling of the Clinton email investigation.”
Lindsey Graham says he’ll support making Mueller’s report public only if there’s a special counsel created to probe the handling of the Clinton email scandal. pic.twitter.com/p53CVVyd35
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 14, 2019