Sen. Graham: 'Day of Reckoning Is Coming for...Joe Biden and FISA Warrant Process'

By Susan Jones | February 3, 2020 | 7:13am EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "We're going to turn the page on impeachment at 4:00 Wednesday," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News's "Sunday Morning Futures."

All Republicans will vote not guilty. I think we will pick up a handful of Democrats. I'm glad this trial is coming to end. It's the closest I ever want to be to being in purgatory. So it's been painful. It's going to end.

And we're going to turn the page and deal with the issues important to the American people. And the day of reckoning is coming for congressional and Senate oversight of Joe Biden and the FISA warrant process.

Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he says that's the place to look into issues that arose at President Trump's impeachment trial:

But here's what I'm going to do. As they talk to Bolton, I'm going to bring in State Department officials and ask them, why didn't you do something about the obvious conflicts of interest Joe Biden had?

Joe Biden's effort to combat corruption in the Ukraine became a joke. When Joe Biden got before the Ukrainian Parliament talking about sweetheart deals in reforming the energy sector, I can only imagine how they were laughing under their breath.

What about your son, Vice President Biden, sitting on the most corrupt board in Ukraine, Burisma, receiving $3 million?

I can only imagine if a Republican had done what Biden had done. But we're going to get to the bottom of this. And I can prove beyond any doubt that Joe Biden's effort in the Ukraine to root out corruption was undercut, because he let his son sit on the board of the most corrupt company in the Ukraine, and we're not going to give him a pass on that.

Graham said his committee will begin its oversight in "coming weeks," and he urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to call State Department officials and others who knew about the conflicts of interest involving Joe and Hunter Biden:

"Let's call these people in. Eventually, we will get to Hunter Biden. And I want to know why the Obama administration did nothing about this obvious conflict of interest," Graham said.

"Joe Biden should have given up the Ukrainian portfolio, or Hunter Biden should (have been) taken off the board, because they ruined America's ability to effectively deal with corruption in the Ukraine by having Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma. That's just a fact. And we're going to get to the bottom of it."

Graham said he also wants to probe FISA abuse:

"When it comes to FISA, I'm going to call Rosenstein, Sally Yates, McCabe and Comey to find out how a warrant was issued against Carter Page on four different occasions without an adequate foundation and find out how -- how the Department of Justice and the FBI became so out of bounds when it came to Trump."

Graham said the Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told him that they will call the whistle-blower: "Why is it important?" Graham asked. "I want to find out how all this crap started," he continued:

If the whistle-blower is a former employee, associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistle-blower was working with people on Schiff's staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important.

We're going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again. Intel, Senate Intel, will deal with the whistle-blower. Foreign Relations Committee will deal with Joe Biden's conflict of interest. The Judiciary Committee will deal with all things FISA.

And let me tell Republicans out there, you should expect us to do this. If we don't do it, we're letting you down. And I guaran-damn-tee you, if it were Democrat -- if the shoe were on the other foot, Democrats would be eating us alive, if the Republicans had done any of these things.


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