Sit down, Lindsey.
You know, I followed the Benghazi hearings and the hearings into Hillary Clinton’s email server with great interest.
In my opinion, the Obama administration and Democrats went out of their way to obstruct the work of Congress in investigating these matters.
Not a smidgen of corruption?
That being said, there is something most unsavory about using your elected office to go after political enemies.
It’s horrid when Democrats do it, and equally horrid from Republicans.
See the beauty in nonpartisanship, folks? It allows for you to call out the wrong or right from both sides, without feeling like a hypocrite.
Enter South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been working overtime to make himself President Trump’s most devoted Senate lackey.
Graham has been dutiful in slamming the work of special counsel Robert Mueller and carrying on the Trump-approved mantra of “Witch hunt!”
With signs pointing to a possible conclusion of Mueller’s investigation, the question, of late, has been in regards to just how much of the final report the public will be allowed to see.
Let’s face it. We all want to see it, don’t we?
On Thursday morning, the House voted on a nonbinding resolution to make the Mueller report public.
Overwhelmingly, the resolution passed.
And by “overwhelmingly,” I mean there wasn’t a single “no” vote. Both the Democrat majority and the Republican minority were in agreement that the public needs access to whatever it is Robert Mueller and his team have discovered over the course of their work.
Now let’s get back to Senator Graham, and his snotty little tantrum on the Senate floor.
Graham announced today that he would not support letting the public see what was in Mueller’s final report, unless an entirely new special counsel was formed to go after Hillary Clinton and her email scandal.
Specifically, how former President Barack Obama’s Justice Department handled the case.
I actually get it.
Recent reports suggest then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch may have tamped down any real, concerted efforts to hold Clinton accountable for her email debacle.As I mentioned, I also believe the Obama administration made every effort to obstruct.
This stunt from Graham, however, just seems genuinely dishonest, and holds the American public hostage to “Gotcha!” politics.
He’s also hoping to go after the FBI, investigating how former Trump aide, Carter Page, got on their radar.
“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.”
It really is all about getting revenge on somebody for the probe into Donald Trump and his team’s ties to Russia.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had the appropriate reaction to Graham’s theatrics.
“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.”
One doesn’t have anything to do with the other, and if he stands against the bill to make Mueller’s report public, who is he working for – the people who sent him to Washington, or the president?
There’s a problem with any party that makes loyalty to the president more important than loyalty to the people.