Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was grilled by Fox News Host Chris Wallace on Sunday over Graham’s past comments on ignoring subpoenas being grounds for impeachment.
“You call all of what’s going on in Washington a ‘circus,’ but you took a different view back when you were leading the impeachment effort against Bill Clinton back in the late ’90s,” Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“At that time, you said that any president, and you talk specifically about Clinton and Richard Nixon, who defied Congress when it came to subpoenas was in danger of impeachment.”
Wallace then played a video of Graham in 1998 saying: “You’re becoming the judge and jury, it is not your job to tell us what we need, it is your job to comply with things that we need to provide oversight over you.”
“Question: Why is it in impeachable offense for Clinton or Nixon back then to ignore a congressional subpoena, but it’s okay for President Trump to do now?” the host asked.
“Well, there’s two things here,” Graham said. “The Mueller investigation was a special counselor appointed to find out if the president committed a crime, if he could with the Russians, if he obstructed Justice, the president gave him 1.4 million documents to mower, everybody around the president was allowed to testify, he never claimed executive privilege. He complied, no cover up work with Mueller, Mueller’s the final word on this for me.”
“So if Clinton had stiffed Ken Starr, that’s different,” Graham continued. “What [House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold] Nadler [D-N.Y.] is doing is trying to destroy the president and his family. If I were the president, I would fight back against this political revenge coming out of the House.”
Graham’s defense of his previous comments comes amid a battle between Trump’s White House and congressional Democrats.
Trump has refused a wave of subpoenas from Congress on a wide variety issues, including many tied to Russian election interference.
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