One of the top trends on Twitter Tuesday is #ResignLindseyGraham, following the senator's advice for Donald Trump Jr. to ignore his Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena. At first, Graham told him to just ignore the summons altogether. But this week he is directing the president's son to at least show up, but then refuse to answer the panel's questions.
“You just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with,” he said.
It's that simple.
Trump Jr. has long been of interest to the intelligence committee because of a meeting he had at Trump Tower in 2016 with a Russian lawyer. He had been promised dirt on his dad's presidential opponent Hillary Clinton, but they reportedly ended up talking about Russian adoption.
Graham is one of several lawmakers peeved with their fellow Republican colleague Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, for pressuring Trump Jr. to answer more questions about the Russia investigation. Robert Mueller found no collusion, so the "case is closed," according to Mitch McConnell. Others like GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy reminded Burr, Trump Jr. has already spent "dozens of hours testifying in front of Congressional committees."
“This whole thing is nuts,” Graham agreed. “To me, it’s over.”
Trump Jr.'s lawyer would be an "idiot" to put his client back on the stand, the senator added for good measure.
Attorney General William Barr revealed on Monday that he has begun a new investigation. He's hired a prosecutor to review the origins of the Russia probe. Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham's task will be to determine whether the investigation was "lawful and appropriate."