South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is not playing games with former FBI Director James Comey and he better be paying attention.
During an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday night with host Sean Hannity the senator warned Comey that he will have to face the consequences of his actions.
“Millions of Americans believe that the top level of the Department of Justice and the FBI, they wanted Clinton to win and Trump to lose,” he said.
“They manipulated the law to let her off, manipulated the facts and the law to go after Trump and that’s a big deal to a lot of people,” Graham said.
“So I promise you former Director Comey will get to testify in the light of day. I’ll ask him about the dossier,” he said.
“Was it the chief reason you got a warrant against Carter Page, is it verified to this day? If there was a counter-intelligence investigation opened against the Trump campaign, why didn’t you tell Trump about it so he could do something, like you told Feinstein?” the senator said.
“And at the end of the day, how could you write that Clinton did nothing wrong even before you interviewed her, and why did you interview her with two people in the room — her aides — and not under oath? Most people don’t get that treatment,” he said.
“It’s not my job to find out if crimes were committed. It’s my job [to provide] oversight of the executive branch,” he said.
“Did they bend the rules, did the break the rules to get an outcome? Did they mislead the FISA court, do we need to change the rules about FISA courts?” Graham said.
“Are there any rules at all about counter-intelligence operations? Why did you not tell Trump?” Graham said of Comey.
“You told Feinstein she had somebody on her staff working with China, why didn’t you go to Trump to tell him about suspicions about Russia? Was it a backdoor attempt to get into his campaign?” he said.
Graham has been vocal about his support for another special counsel investigation like that of Robert Mueller to investigate the investigators.
“Some prosecutor, not a politician, needs to look at Comey, (former FBI Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe, and all of these characters to find out if in fact they broke the law,” he said.
“I’m hoping Attorney General [William] Barr will assign somebody to this case with the same resources and commitment to look at them as Mueller had to look at Trump,” he said.
The interview came after Comey spoke with CNN on Tuesday afternoon and acted like he was scared of anyone investigating what he did.
Former FBI Direct James Comey is terrified that President Donald Trump and his Department of Justice are going to discover his secrets.
And now he is in a panic over it and warning the president that he should not investigate him or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
President Trump told the press that if “you look at the origin of the investigation, where it started, how it started, who started it,” and “how high up in the White House” the trail went they would “all get Pulitzer Prizes.”
He said that “this has been a very bad thing for the United States, it’s been a total waste of time,” referring to the Mueller report.
“But what hasn’t been a waste of time is, some very bad people started something that should have never been started,” President Trump said.
“People did things that were very, very bad for our country and very, very illegal,” he said. “And you could even say treasonous.”
In an interview with CNN Comey was asked if he was afraid of what the president said and a similar call for investigation by Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“’I don’t fear it personally. I fear it as a citizen, right? Investigate what? Investigate that investigations were conducted? What would be the crime you’d be investigating?” he said.
Investigate what? How about how the FBI and the Department of Justice was weaponized against a presidential candidate and his campaign?
“So it’s a terrible cycle to start. He’s already started it with calling for the locking up of his political opponents, including people like me and so it would just be more of that dangerous step and would I hope, though they’ll continue to disappoint me, the Republicans would finally stand up and say we don’t that kind of thing,” he said.
“That’s not a role for government to play,” he said in response to the interviewer asking him if the FBI should have censored the “lock her up” chants directed at Hillary Clinton.
“The beauty of this country is people can say what they want even if it’s misleading and it’s demagoguery,” he said.
‘The people should have shut it down were Republicans who understand the rule of law and the values that they claim to stand for. Shame on them, but it wasn’t a role for government to play,’ he said.