Sen. Lindsey Graham says he was stating the 'obvious' when he said there will be riots if Trump is prosecuted over mishandling classified information: 'It will be one of the most disruptive events in America'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).Ting Shen - Pool/Getty Images
  • Graham doubled down on his statements about potential violence if Trump is prosecuted.

  • He told CNBC that he was trying to "state the obvious."

  • It comes after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago last month and seized highly classified documents.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham doubled down on his previous sentiments, saying that he tried to "state the obvious" when he said there would be riots in the streets if Trump is prosecuted over mishandling classified information following the Mar-a-Lago raid.

"Here's what I said: The raid on President Trump's home, the likely nominee for 2024, better bear some fruit here," Grahan said during an interview with CNBC's Steve Sedgwick on Saturday. "If it's just about mishandling classified information, we've had a standard set when it came to Hillary Clinton."

Durin an interview with Fox News last week, the South Carolina senator was heard saying there would be "riots in the streets" if Trump was prosecuted for "mishandling classified information."

Since early August when the FBI seized sensitive documents from Trump's Florida residence, members of the Republican party have publicly denounced law enforcement and defended the former president.

"Most Republicans, including me, believe when it comes to Trump, there is no law. It's all about getting him. And I'll say this, if there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle, there will be riots in the streets," Graham previously said on "Sunday Night in America, referring to Hillary Clinton's usage of private email to conduct official business during her tenure as secretary of state.

"If it's similar to what happened to Clinton and he gets prosecuted, it'll be one of the most disruptive events in America," he added.

President Joe Biden called out Graham for predicting violence should Trump be indicted.

"No one expects politics to be patty-cake — it sometimes gets mean as hell," Biden said in a speech on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

"But the idea that you turn on a television and see senior senators and congressmen saying if such and such happens, there will be blood in the street," Biden added. "Where the hell are we?"

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