Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) discusses contentious Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings, reacts to Obama’s comments about the DOJ on ‘Sunday Morning Futures. Graham also made his case for another special counsel to investigate the conduct of FBI employees.
“I’m so disappointed in the Department of Justice,” Graham said. “You have got the number four person at the Department of Justice ,who basically is in narcotics, handling Christopher Steele, who’s the chief author of the dossier used to get a FISA warrant. Ohr’s wife worked with Christopher Steele at Fusion GPS. They were on the payroll of Democratic Party.”
“We know all about Christopher Steele. We know that he was a former British intelligence agent who hated Donald Trump, who felt like he needed to personally stop Trump from winning, that went to Russia, got information from the Russian intelligence services to write a dossier, this bunch of political garbage,” he added.
Graham said Bob Woodward’s new book and the anti-Trump anonymous ‘New York Times’ op-ed will mean nothing in 2020.
“That the op-ed and the book won’t matter in 2020,” the Senator said. “The president will be judged on his results. As to the author of the op-ed piece, they suggest that, if it weren’t for him and a few others, the president wouldn’t be doing good things for the country.”
“Isn’t it kind of odd that everything the president’s doing, he promised to do during the campaign? He promised to cut taxes. He did. He promised to destroy ISIS. We are. He promised to nominate people from the list of 25. He’s done — picked two out of that list,” Graham said.
The Senator also said he is “more excited and hopeful about North Korea than at any time in the last 30 years” and that is all due to President Trump.
“That’s a darn good deal for Kim Jong-un. It’s a good deal for the world. If I were North Korea and China, I would take this deal. I wouldn’t play President Trump,” he advised.
“I am more excited and hopeful about North Korea than any time in the last 30 years,” Graham said. “And the credit goes to President Trump for being strong, but also for being smart.”
MARIA BARTIROMO, ‘SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES’ HOST: South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham it at all. He joins me right now to talk more about it. He sits on both the Senate Judiciary and Budget Committees.
And, Senator, it is good to see this morning. Thanks for joining us.
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-SOUTH CAROLINA: Thank you. Glad to be out of the hearing.
BARTIROMO: Your reaction to last week’s — your reaction to last week’s proceedings?
GRAHAM: Well, the Democrats are under a tremendous amount of pressure from the left to destroy everything Trump.
I was very disappointed in the tone of the hearing, trying to suggest that Judge Kavanaugh wasn’t telling the truth about a conversation between him and some person in a 300-person law firm that bore no fruit.
In terms of documents, we gave Democrats more documents on Kavanaugh than the last five Supreme Court nominees combined. He’s the most qualified judge of his generation, outstanding 12 years on the bench. You know exactly what you’re getting with him, 300-plus decisions.
This was an effort by the Democrats to respond to a base that’s just really gone crazy with all things Trump. He’s going to get confirmed. I think there’ll be a handful of Democrats vote for him on the floor, nobody in the committee.
Confirmation hearings now are about base politics. It’s not about the qualifications of the nominee. And I really hate that.
BARTIROMO: Well, you know, it’s extraordinary when you look at the resistance that’s happening on all fronts against this president…
BARTIROMO: … including his nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh.
BARTIROMO: How do you think the impact plays out here? Do you think voters will remember the resist and obstruction coming on the left in terms of trying to get things done come November?
GRAHAM: I don’t think voters remember process. They do — they do remember results.
I think a lot of voters who have had a chance to look at Judge Kavanaugh — the ABA gave him the highest rating possible, well-qualified. You had liberal lawyers who had interacted with the judge throughout his career said that he was nothing but a tremendous, well-qualified, call-it-as-you- see-it judge.
So I think, in 2020 particularly, those who are running on the Democratic side feel like they need to be loud and they need to be mean, they need to be rude to get the nomination.
Kavanaugh will matter in terms of how you vote in 2020. The process won’t. The economy will matter. How safe we are will matter. Results will matter. And I think that’s why President Trump is doing so well, because he has had good results.
They don’t talk about results. They talk about personality and process, because they don’t have an alternative agenda that makes any sense.
And that is why the left is trucking out their, you know, big — big prize here. And that is President Obama.
GRAHAM: Yes, Obama.
BARTIROMO: President Obama was out on the campaign trail this weekend a lot. And he had something to say about the way President Trump handles things.
Listen to this. I got to get your reaction.
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BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We do not pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents…
OBAMA: … or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from persecution — prosecution because an election happens to be coming up.
I’m not making that up. That’s not hypothetical.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BARTIROMO: Wow. That’s just one big wow, particularly after what we have witnessed…
BARTIROMO: … took place in the 2016 election…
BARTIROMO: … where a group of individuals at the top of the FBI and the DOJ pushed to stop Donald Trump and exonerate Hillary Clinton with not a lot of investigating.
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