Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is doing more than defending Attorney General William Barr’s decision to speak with Australia about the origins of the Russia probe — he’s encouraging it.
On Monday, it was revealed by The New York Times that Barr met with Australian leadership to ask them to help with his investigation into the origins of the probe into President Donald Trump‘s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia.
Many have called this decision into question, especially following President Trump’s request from Ukrainian leaders to investigate corruption between 2020 competitor Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden — with some wondering if it has become a pattern for the Trump administration to “press” foreign leaders for beneficial information.
While some have questioned Barr, Graham is not among that group. He claimed that Barr “should” meet with Australian leaders to find information to help the investigation. During an interview on Fox News, he went as far as to say he would sign a letter asking all foreign leaders to cooperate with Barr’s investigation.
Watch Graham’s comments below:
“This New York Times article about bar talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barrs investigation to find out how this whole thing started. And let me tell you why: I want to say on national television, Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign. If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job. So I’m going to write a letter to all three countries and asking them to cooperate with Barr.”
Graham noted that Democrats have already called on Ukrainian leaders to work with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but questioned why it was problematic for Trump to do the same.
“This is a letter sent by my Democratic colleagues in May of 2018 to the Ukrainians saying that if you don’t cooperate with the Mueller investigation, we are going to stop our aid. Here’s what I want American people to know. It’s okay to cooperate with Mueller to get Trump, but it’s not okay to cooperate with Barr to find out if Trump was a victim of an out-of-control intelligence operation? We’re not going to have a country like that.”
It remains unclear if Democrats in the House Intelligence Committee will probe further into Barr’s actions.