GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said Sunday that Attorney General William Barr has “created a process” to receive and verify dirt President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is getting as part of his efforts to find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Graham said he didn’t intend to be “the Republican Christopher Steele” when it came to Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, referencing the British former intelligence officer who compiled a dossier of opposition research against then-candidate Trump.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, one of the president’s most vocal allies, made the comment on CBS’ “Face the Nation” after host Margaret Brennan asked him about a cryptic tweet from Trump reading “DeFace the Nation will tell @LindseyGrahamSC that he must start up Judiciary and not stop until the job is done. Clean up D.C. now, last chance!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
Graham said that he believed the tweet was in reference to reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant process after Justice Department Inspector General Anthony Horowitz’s report on the origins of the FBI probe into Trump’s campaign.
“Here’s what I want to tell the president: I’m not going to be the Republican Christopher Steele,” Graham said. “Rudy Giuliani last night said he’s got the goods on Hunter Biden … I called the attorney general this morning and [Sen.] Richard Burr [R-N.C.], the chairman of the Intel Committee, and they told me ‘take very cautiously anything coming out of the Ukraine against anybody.’”
Graham said that he continued to think “questions about the conflict of interest regarding Hunter Biden in the Ukraine need to be asked” but that “if Rudy Giuliani has any information coming out of the Ukraine, he needs to turn it over to the Department of Justice, because it could be Russian propaganda.”
Any such claims, Graham said, “need to be looked at by the intelligence services who have expertise I don’t.”
Graham suggested Barr had created a process by which Giuliani could take Ukrainian dirt directly to the Justice Department, saying Barr had told him that “they had created a process that Rudy could give information and they would see if it’s verified.”
In plain sight. Bill Barr is an absolute disgrace. https://t.co/D7v91cwBCT
— @JulieZebrak (@JulieZebrak) February 9, 2020