Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is eager for the American people to learn the truth of what exactly went on with the Russian probe, and where it originated from. Graham said what is about to be revealed is “ugly and damning,” for the way the Department of Justice (DOJ) handled the investigation.
At the moment there are three separate investigations taking place, one by his committee; one by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to conduct a probe; and one by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Speaking with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Graham said the highly anticipated Horowitz report has faced setbacks recently, but Graham said the report should be out in the next couple of weeks. “Every time you turn around you find something new,” Graham explained. “Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive.”
George Papadopoulos, a former member of president Trump’s campaign, served a short jail term for hindering the investigation by providing a false statement, and he is eager to tell his story. Papadopoulos had alerted an Australian diplomat that he had information from Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud that Russia was holding damaging information on Hilary Clinton.
Graham indicated that when the Horowitz report comes out, “I want to declassify as much as possible … I don’t want people to believe what I said about it, I want them to read for themselves how bad it was,” he declared. The FBI based its investigation on the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele when it applied for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) warrant, despite Steele being “an unreliable informant” who despised President Trump.
“I want it all out, I want people to see how off the rails this investigation got, and I want people to be held accountable, and I am patient,” he said. “I’m not in a hurry to do it, I want to do it right, he said.”
Graham hopes to discover exactly who was behind the Russian investigation, and is “curious about the role the CIA played here.” There are many questions that remain unanswered, “Who knew about this in the White House?” said Graham. “Was President Obama briefed … I’d like to know that,” he said.
Former House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy has said he is “lost” and “clueless” why secret transcripts of a discussion former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos was involved in have not been released. Speaking with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, in an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gowdy said the FBI investigation was more focused on the Trump campaign and not Russia. “The FBI and the DOJ said it was never intended to investigate the Trump campaign, just Russia,” said Gowdy. “Okay, great. Show us the transcripts. Show us what questions you coached the informants or the cooperating witnesses to ask of the Trump campaign officials. If it’s not about the campaign then you win, you’re right. But if you’re veering over into the campaign, or if your questions are not solely about Russia, then you’ve been misleading us for two years.”
“Just release the transcripts, and we can tell for ourselves when it began and what it was about,” he said.