Graham's Savage (and Expletive-Filled) Opening Statement at AG Barr Hearing

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Posted: May 01, 2019 11:12 AM
Graham's Savage (and Expletive-Filled) Opening Statement at AG Barr Hearing

Source: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham opened Wednesday's hearing with Attorney General William Barr rather heatedly. He held up the 400-page report from special counsel Robert Mueller and noted, rather sarcastically, that anyone can read it. When they do, they'll find that President Trump did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

Graham took a few moments to read several of the hateful anti-Trump texts sent between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that exposed bias at the agency. Mueller eventually fired Strzok from the investigation. Graham read one nasty text in particular and didn't use any censors.

*(graphic language)*

The chairman apologized to "the kids out there" for the language, but he was trying to prove a point that some of the people leading the Russia investigation "hated" Trump's guts.

On the contrary, Graham noted, Mueller conducted himself in a much more neutral manner and used his resources wisely. He was "the right guy to do this job,” Graham said. After two years and millions of dollars, Mueller concluded that Trump did not collude with Russia.

Graham pledged that once the Mueller report is "put to bed," his committee is going to be looking into how the investigation got started in the first place.