In the past few years, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has gone from being a President Donald Trump critic to being one of his most loyal foot soldiers. In 2016, Graham said of Trump, “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.” But he’s since played defense for the president on Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, Graham unrolled his latest defense of Trump, saying that he wouldn’t back a resolution to make the Mueller report public unless there’s a separate special counsel into Hillary Clinton.
In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Graham said, “Why don’t we appoint a Mueller like figure to look into how the Clinton email investigation ended up the way it did?”
Graham added, “Any American out there who did what Secretary Clinton did, you’d be in jail now.” He also said that he wanted a special counsel to look into the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page.
We let Mueller look at ALL THINGS Trump related to collusion & more.
Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side, find out if the FBI & DOJ had 2 systems – 1 supporting person they wanted to win, 1 out to get the person they wanted to lose.https://t.co/D8jVE0e5XZ
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 14, 2019
The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday morning demanding that the Department of Justice make the Mueller report public. The vote was a unanimous 420-0. Though a few Republicans voted “present” on that resolution, including Trump ally Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), none of them actually voted against the bill.
However, the resolution will likely die in the Senate where Republicans are in power. That resolution was actually blocked by Graham after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to introduce it. Schumer called the bill a “very simple, non-controversial resolution.”
The Mueller report seems like it might finally be wrapping up. On Thursday, Andrew Weissman, a top Mueller deputy, is stepping down from the probe, a move that was interpreted by some political junkies as yet another sign that the special counsel nearly finished.