On Thursday, Cuomo addressed clips in which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), both vocal supporters of Trump, wore jackets advertising Trump’s re-election campaign during interviews on Fox News.
“The president’s GOP allies, they work for you or him? State senator Lindsey Graham, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he says, ‘Nah, nothing wrong with the president messing with the DOJ sentence recommendation.’ As he luxuriates in Team Trump attire on state TV.”
“He wasn’t the only one,” Cuomo said, adding, “Congressman Mark Meadows — now the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee — also proudly shrouded in MAGA merchandise. Country over the party, they say. But can we really believe where their loyalties lie when the answer may be in plain sight?”
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Cuomo’s quip about the sentencing recommendation was in reference to allegations that Trump pressured the Justice Department to recommend a lighter prison sentence for a political Roger Stone. Trump and Justice Department officials have denied that allegation.
Graham told reporters that he thinks the president should not weigh in on pending cases but dismissed calls from Senate Democrats to launch an investigation into the matter.
Other Senate Republicans have voiced their displeasure with Trump’s decision to tweet about the Stone case. However, they do not appear too interested in investigating the decision to recommend a shorter sentence for Stone.