Sen. Graham: 'Mr. Rosenstein, Get Ready to Testify'; Same Goes for Chris Wray

By Susan Jones | December 12, 2019 | 8:28am EST
FBI Director Christopher Wrayspeaks with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as they prepare to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on June 28 2018. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as they prepare to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on June 28 2018. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he wants to hear from former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and current FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"Mr. Rosenstein, get ready to testify," Graham told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night. Rosenstein signed the third, final and flawed FISA renewal application (June 2017) for continued surveillance on Carter Page.

According to the Justice Department inspector general, the original FISA application and the three subsequent renewals failed to provide "accurate and complete information" that was available to the FBI at the time.

Graham warned that "the day of reckoning" is coming to those involved with Crossfire Hurricane:

(Former FBI Director) James Comey has done more damage to the FBI than anybody since J. Edgar Hoover. (Former Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe is in that category.

Christopher Wray, if you're watching television, you've got a mountain to climb. You gotta come to the Judiciary Committee and prove to us that you're going to change the culture at the FBI. Some people need to be fired, and some people need to go to jail for what they did, because the FBI and the Department of Justice took the law in their own hands, and they defrauded the FISA court and they trampled on the rights of Carter Page -- constitutional rights of an American citizen. And they surveilled Donald Trump and his campaign, in my view, unlawfully, for a very long period of time.

The day of reckoning is coming -- it's not here yet.

Graham described former FBI Director James Comey as "one of the most arrogant, conceited people" he's ever met.

"To suggest that this report vindicated him is just an affront to the report. To suggest that everything was done properly with the FISA warrant process regarding Carter Page insults our intelligence. And Mr. Horowitz did our country a great service."

Graham said a lot of the people involved in the FBI's initial Trump-Russia investigation should be very worried:

"We know that Clinesmith, the FBI lawyer in charge of the FISA process, altered an email from the CIA saying that basically Carter Page was a source. He altered an email to say he was not, and that was a very big deal."

Graham also noted that the IG report is not the end of investigating the investigators. John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is still looking into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, and as a prosecutor with subpoena power, he has more latitude than IG Michael Horowitz did to compel testimony.

I don't know what Durham's going to do, but based on his statement Monday, I would be worried if I were a lot of the people involved in Crossfire Hurricane. If you're involved in Crossfire Hurricane, your day of reckoning may be coming. I trust Durham.

But as for Horowitz, what did we learn today? You can have a newspaper article, and that can be the basis to open up a counterintelligence investigation. The standard is incredibly low.

But we also learned from Mr. Horowitz, once this investigation was opened, it became a criminal enterprise, a conspiracy to defraud the FISA court, to trample on the rights of Carter Page and to basically illegally surveil Donald Trump. The reason they never briefed President Trump defensively about the threats coming from Russia is they did not want to protect Trump, they wanted to destroy Trump.

From the day he got elected until this thing was over, the people in charge at the highest levels were out to get this guy, to protect us from President Trump. They didn't believe he was legitimate, and they were doing everything they could at every opportunity to keep it going to try to catch him. And finally, they sent an FBI agent in an interview that was supposed to be an intelligence interview and an intelligence assessment and intelligence briefing. And the FBI agent was there to basically spy on General (Michael) Flynn and the president. That should scare everybody.

At the very end of the interview, Graham told Hannity: "One last thing. Mr. Rosenstein, get ready to testify."


 

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