Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) just spent more than 40 minutes tearing into the FBI for its handling of the 2016 investigation into Russian election interference.
In his opening statement before Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's testimony before the Senate panel on his report on the probe, Graham said FBI agents were "biased" against President Trump and questioned whether the agency had selected its top individuals. Graham did say he respects the FBI as a whole, but is still troubled by Horowitz's report.
Several observers noted that during his oration, Graham didn't mention that Horowitz — despite finding several issues with the probe — also concluded that it was justified and free from political bias when launched.
He omits the determination that none of this influenced the decisions. He is deliberately misleading the public as usual
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) December 11, 2019
Graham also surprised a few people when he mused over whether the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court should continue unless it's reformed. That's because he's been an ardent supporter in the past.
Lindsey Graham co-sponsored a bill in 2017 to make the expansion of warrantless wiretapping provisions within FISA permanent, but welcome to Civil Liberties Town, I guess https://t.co/HTkCzjFC29 https://t.co/d2fDxeeGC6
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) December 11, 2019