Sen. Graham Wants to Know Who in Obama WH Knew About Trump Counterintelligence Investigation?

By Susan Jones | August 29, 2019 | 8:16am EDT
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Fox News reports that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is close to releasing a report rebuking former FBI Director James Comey for the way he handled the Clinton email investigation as well as FISA applications related to the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night, "the day of reckoning is coming" for the FBI and the DOJ leadership who opened up the counterintelligence investigation:

"If you're an FBI agent, and you gave the court a document you had not verified and you said it was verified, you'd be in real trouble. You might be indicted," Graham said.

He noted that the Steele dossier, which figured in the FISA application on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, is not verified to this day.

And the counterintelligence investigation, there's no real credible evidence I've seen to suggest that (George) Papadopoulos [named as a Trump foreign policy adviser] was actually working with the Russians. That came from our own people that told him about the Clinton emails.

The bottom line is, who briefed Obama, if anybody, about the counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign? And finally, why did they not tell the Trump campaign that they had concerns about people working for him, tied to Russia? That's what you're supposed to do in a counterintelligence investigation. That's what they did with (Sen.) Dianne Feinstein.

Hannity asked Graham if former President Barack Obama should be asked "what he knew and when he knew it" regarding the counterintelligence investigation.

"I can't imagine an investigation of the Republican nominee for president, counterintelligence investigation of his campaign, was not approved at the highest level," Graham responded. "I cannot imagine it happening without somebody in the White House knowing about it. And the question for me is, who told Obama? And when you find out who that person is, you began to put the puzzle together."

Hannity asked if Graham, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, needs to ask those questions of former Obama officials:

"I'm going to talk to McCabe, Comey, all of them -- Brennan, Clapper, all of them -- did you ever inform President Obama about the counterintelligence investigation? What did you tell him, when did you tell him?

"Yes," Graham continued. "I'd like to know what President Obama thought about the investigation. And why did not somebody tell Trump? The whole point of the counterintelligence investigation is to protect people."

Graham also noted that CNN has just hired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, "the person Horowitz is investigating for committing crimes against the Trump campaign.

"CNN has just hired the person Horowitz is investigating," Graham repeated. "How seriously do you think they're going to take the Horowitz investigation? Which is really a shame."

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