Graham: People in Uniform Not Exempt from Being Asked Questions

By Melanie Arter | February 11, 2020 | 2:54pm EST
(Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) dismissed criticism Tuesday that he did not stand up for Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who was dismissed from the National Security Council after testifying against President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Graham was asked to respond to Vindman’s former boss, retired Brigadier General Peter Zwack, who asked why the senator wasn’t standing up for Vindman and added that it sent a chilling message to those who testified against the president.

Graham said that serving in the military doesn’t exempt Vindman from answering questions. The senator wondered whether Vindman knew the whistleblower and whether a member of Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) staff was friends with the whistleblower.

“You know what I think? I think FBI agents had a political agenda during the investigation of President Trump and they acted on it. I think CIA operatives have been out to try to get the president since he was elected. I think there are people in uniform that can't accept this result. I appreciate Lieutenant Colonel Vindman's service, but to the general, thank you for that nice compliment.

“Because you wear the uniform doesn't mean you are exempt from being asked questions. Did he know the whistleblower? Was there a member of Schiff's staff that was a friend of the whistleblower? Had these guys been planning for years a way to try to take this president down?” Graham asked.

“I can tell you there were operatives in the CIA, the FBI and Department of Justice that took the law in their own hands. When a military officer uses -- engages in political bias in uniform, they need to be held accountable. I don’t know if that happened, but I'm not going to be deterred from asking this question. You’re not going to drive me away. You tried to drive us away at looking at the FBI,” he said.

“You told us everything was fine with the FISA warrant. You’re not going to drive me away from asking questions about the whistleblower,” the senator added.

He said there is fatigue among the public because of the Democrats’ investigations of the president.

“There is fatigue out there among the public. Enough already. Two years Mueller. I trusted him to be fair. I know the president didn't. $25 million, 30 million, a bunch of FBI agents looking at everything trump. They found nothing. The Democratic Party can't accept that result so they impeach this man over a phone call. They impeached him in 78 days,” Graham said.

“They used due process that you couldn't get a parking ticket if they used it against you. What’s this about? He suspended aid for a short period of time that Ukraine received ahead of schedule to leverage an investigation that never occurred, and they’re going to impeach the president over that. People are tired of this never-ending effort to destroy Trump,” he added.

“You know why they are trying to destroy his presidency? Cause they can't compete with it. They don't have an agenda that’s going to make the economy better,” the senator said.


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