Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on Chief Justice John Roberts to investigate the decisions made in 2016 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court — which Donald Trump and his supporters baselessly believe misused warrants to “spy” on the Trump campaign.
Graham has become one of Trump’s most loyal allies after being one of his biggest critics in the Republican Party.
Lindsey Graham: "I don’t intend to call the FISA judges ‘do you think you were hoodwinked?’ That is uncomfortable for me. But I am going to ask Roberts ‘would you please look and see what happened?’ because I don’t want to lose the FISA program."
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 2, 2019
Graham has also received a lot of backlash for ignoring his congressional duties just to tend to Trump’s needs. And this call for an investigation on Trump’s “enemies” is a perfect example of that.
Following the reports, many angry Twitter users decided to call out Graham for his spineless attempt. Here are some of the best responses:
I can’t believe this needs to be said out loud, but the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee calling the Chief Justice personally and asking him to “look into” how a lower federal court handled a series of cases is so wildly inappropriate as to almost defy description. https://t.co/TBaBpzgUmO
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) May 2, 2019
What does he mean by "call", exactly? https://t.co/48WqyoVswX
— Mieke Eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) May 2, 2019
Can you imagine how thrilled Putin is right now? https://t.co/CJuuD78TRv
— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) May 2, 2019
Chief Justice appoints district court judges to sit on the FISA court but I'm not aware of him having any oversight role. In 2013, the court's "presiding judge" responded to an earlier request for information from the Senate: https://t.co/IfKH47noxs https://t.co/vHZbwz6NhC
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) May 2, 2019
What exactly does he think Roberts can do? So far, no evidence has been produced that shows DOJ broke any laws in how it submitted the FISA applications. People can quibble over whether more info *should* have been added re the dossier but it was enough as a matter of law. https://t.co/km0vn6jypk
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) May 2, 2019