Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened to end a meeting with the mother of a late Capitol police officer if she didn't stop criticizing Trump, a new book says

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Then-President Donald Trump with Sen. Lindsey Graham on November 6, 2019.AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
  • Graham snapped at a late Capitol officer's mother over her criticism Trump, a new book says.

  • The moment is described in ex-DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone's book, Politico said.

  • The book reportedly says Graham threatened to end a meeting if she made remarks about Trump.

Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly told the mother of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died following the January 6, 2021, riot, that he would end a meeting with her if she kept talking negatively about former President Donald Trump.

Michael Fanone, a former officer of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, describes the interaction in his new book, "Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul," Politico reported.

The book says Graham — a staunch Trump ally — told Gladys Sicknick, Brian Sicknick's mother, he would "end the meeting" if she made ill remarks against the former president.

Washington's top medical examiner determined that her son suffered two strokes and died on January 7, 2021, a day after fighting back pro-Trump at the Capitol. The rioters stormed the building as Congress certified the 2020 election victory of now-President Joe Biden.

In an interview with CNN over the summer, Brian Sicknick's brother, Ken, blamed Trump for the attack, saying: "He's really at fault for riling up the crowds and getting his sycophants following whatever word he said."

Two men, Julian Elie Khater and George Pierre Tanios, were indicted in connection to Brian Sicknick's death. Khater, accused of using pepper spray on Sicknick and two other officers, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers with a dangerous weapon, the Justice Department announced last month.

His codefendant, Tanios, pleaded guilty in July to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, the department said.

More than 900 people have been charged, and nearly 400 have pleaded guilty, in connection with the attack.

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