Democrats are less than thrilled over the fact that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has decided to use his new position as chairmen of the Senate Judicial Committee to look back into the scandals of the Obama Administration.
According to The Hill, Graham has turned his attention to scandals such as the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications targeting former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Some Democrats have immediately turned to mocking Graham over the investigations, saying he’s wasting their time:
“This is going to be like the History Channel it turns out. Instead of taking a look at the current issues, Lindsey Graham wants to go back and answer important questions about the Bermuda Triangle and Hillary Clinton,” Durbin told The Hill.
Durbin said he was “concerned” about Graham’s plans but quipped that “you know there is that question about Jimmy Carter which he probably wants to ask.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), another member of the panel, said maybe Graham should “investigate Benghazi some more too” — an apparent reference to a years-long House probe that Democrats considered a political stunt.
The Democrats have indicated that, instead of investigating oddities and unanswered questions about what Democrats were doing during the time in power at the executive level, they should be focusing on a bipartisan effort to take down President Trump for…something, according to The Hill:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Graham on Friday asking him to call Cohen to testify before the committee.
“Our committee must conduct a thorough investigation of the President’s involvement in these crimes and whether he obstructed justice to hide them. … The hour to put country before petty partisan differences has come,” he added.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, added in a statement, without directly mentioning Graham, that Republicans should “join in a bipartisan effort to get the facts to the American people, who deserve to know the full story of what happened during and after the 2016 election.”
Graham has spoken in the past that he wants to open up the FISA issue, and that the FBI “phoned in” the Clinton investigation, and now it seems he’s going to make good on his word.
According to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), noted that “as long as it’s focused on oversight of those institutions, the FBI and DOJ, it’s clearly in the Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction.” Thus, Graham is well within his right to pursue answers.