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As Democrats continue to joust for access to the full Mueller Report, Sen. Lindsey Graham and other prominent Republican supporters of Donald Trump are turning to probing those behind the two-year investigation which consumed much of Trump’s presidency.
Special counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation of Trump’s campaign with the submission of a confidential report. That report remains under seal.
However, Attorney General William “Bill” Barr released a four-page letter removing from Trump any onus of criminal activity.
Since then, Trump and his supporters have, at turns, been celebratory and eager for political vengeance against those seen as behind the investigation.
Trump is “genuinely angry because you have to think a little bit from his perspective,” said conservative columnist and editor Rich Lowry. “So he fires [then- FBI Director] James Comey, as far as I can tell, because Comey refused to say publicly what he was telling Trump privately which is, ‘Sir, you are not under investigation.’
“Soon as he fires him, he’s under investigation for two solid years with some people, serious people, suggesting he’s committed acts of treason,” Lowry added during a segment of the NBC News program, Meet The Press. “And I do think there should be an investigation [of] the investigators, not to wreak vengeance on anyone because I do think this process went off the rails.
“We let a garbage oppo gathered from Russian sources by an ex-foreign spy, the so-called dossier, distort our politics for two [years],” he concluded, referring to the so-called Steele dossier containing many salacious details on Trump compiled during the 2016 campaign by British operative Christopher Steele.
Graham, the South Carolina Republican who now chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, promised just such an investigation, including re-opening a probe into Trump’s 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton who was probed by the FBI for handling of emails during her tenure as secretary of state.
“People in her campaign were given immunity without anything in return. Nobody in the Clinton investigation went to jail for lying about the process because there was no process,” Graham said. “And I know Bill Barr pretty well, and he’s pretty upset about the way all this was handled. I don’t know if he’s going to have a special prosecutor to look at the probability of criminal misbehavior.
“I’m going to look at what happened from an oversight role. But I hope there’s a special counsel appointed to look at [Justice Department] corruption and political bias, you know? Because Mueller did his job against Trump. Nobody’s really looked at the Clinton campaign, the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant abuse or the counterintelligence investigation for criminality yet and somebody should. So could an investigation into Hillary Clinton be reopened at this point then?”