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Graham: Russia investigation now a criminal one

'Congress' ability to conduct investigations of all-things Russia has been several limited.'


Nidia Cavazos


Posted on May 18, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 1:56 pm CDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) thinks the probe into ties with Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has flat-out become a criminal investigation.

“It was a counter-intelligence investigation before now, it seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation,” Graham said in an interview on Thursday.

Graham’s remarks came after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to the Russian investigation. Graham stressed the fact he did not believe a special prosecutor was needed in a counter-intelligence investigation.

With a special counsel, Congress loses authority in its role in the investigation. Graham says it’s hard to subpoena witnesses under the committee, and notes that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has a right “not to incriminate himself.” He likewise pointed the finger at his colleagues in Congress, whom he suggested didn’t understand the ramifications of a special counsel.

“Congress’ ability to conduct investigations of all-things Russia has been several limited,” Graham said.

For his part, Trump has gone as far to say the special counsel is the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

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*First Published: May 18, 2017, 6:47 pm CDT