Sen. Graham: 'I Want to Know How Far Up the Chain' the Trump-Russia Investigation Went

By Susan Jones | December 23, 2019 | 7:33am EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chairs the Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

( - "The Horowitz report is the first step in a long journey regarding FISA abuse," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told "Sunday Morning Futures."

He called it a "great start" that the FISA Court rebuked the FBI for its misleading warrant application:

They came down hard on the FBI. If they had failed to do that, I would have lost all confidence in the court.

Comey said last week he was sorry, it was sloppy. No, Comey, it wasn't sloppy. It was criminal.

I'm going to call every person who signed the warrant application. I'm going to find out why (former CIA Director John) Brennan went to Harry Reid in September of 2016 to talk about the investigation.

I'm going to find out why it took two years for Mueller to realize there was no 'there' there. We're going to look long and hard at FISA abuse. We're going to pass laws to make sure this never happens again.

Accountability will only be successful if somebody gets fired. And I'm looking at Christopher Wray to fire somebody at the FBI. And somebody needs to go to jail. And I'm looking at (John) Durham to hold people criminally accountable for the laws they broke.

Host Maria Bartiromo noted that former FBI Director James Comey signed the FISA application three times. Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates signed it once. Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe also signed at least one of the FISA warrants.

"And you're saying each of these people, you're going to call down to testify?"

"Yes," Graham replied.

Yes, there's two questions I want to ask these people. When you signed the warrant application, how much time did you spend trying to figure out if it was actually true? And how far up the chain did this go?

Did President Obama know about the counterintelligence surveillance of the Trump campaign? Did Vice President Biden know? How much information was provided to Susan Rice? I want to know how far up the chain the investigation went. I want to know why so many people could sign a warrant application so flawed.

So there's a lot of questions. I want to make sure this never happens again. To the American people, you deserve better than this. Every American should be worried about FISA.

"And to this impeachment debacle, to my Democratic colleagues, impeachment is a dead cat. Stop playing with it," Graham said.

(They laughed; Bartiromo asked Graham to repeat what he just said.)

"Impeachment is a dead cat. Stop playing with it. Bury it. It's going nowhere. Quit violating the Constitution. Give the president his day in court. And let's get this behind us, so we can talk about things that people really care about in this country," Graham said.


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