Lindsey Graham suggests McConnell will be kicked out of leadership unless he starts 'working' with Trump
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested on Wednesday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could lose his position in leadership unless he starts "working" with former President Donald Trump.
During an interview on Newsmax, Graham was asked if he would make a move to take over McConnell's position as the Senate Leader.
"No," Graham said. "I like my job. I can play more golf in this job than I could in the other job."
"The bottom line is just common sense," he continued. "The most consequential Republican in the nation is Donald Trump. Republicans like what he did as president. They would like to see him run again. Count me in that camp. And if you can't work with the leader of the party on a common America-first agenda, you won't be successful in the House or the Senate as a leader."
Graham recalled that McConnell had worked with Trump to do "great things" during his presidency.
"Can that be recreated? I hope so," the senator added. "But I'm telling you right now, if you're going to run to be leader of the Republican Senate in 2022, you've got to have a working relationship with the most powerful Republican in the country and that is Donald Trump."
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A Democratic challenger to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) says she was prevented from going into a town hall hosted by the GOP lawmaker.
Holly McCormack, who's challenging Greene for her congressional seat, said she and some other constituents were kicked out of the event Tuesday in Catoosa County, reported Newsweek.
"My neighbors and I were barred from attending a town hall held by our Congresswoman, in my hometown, because she doesn't want to answer the tough questions about her failure to work for the people of Georgia," McCormack said. "If she truly had the best interests of Georgians at heart, she would welcome the opportunity to connect with her constituents, regardless of who they are. Instead, she takes every step possible to avoid accountability."
McCormack's campaign said that event organizers claimed the town hall was at capacity, but they claimed that attendance was actually low and the Democratic candidate says she was blocked due to her party affiliation.
"I tried to attend her town hall tonight, but because I am a Democrat, I was kicked out and not allowed to ask my Representative a question," McCormack tweeted. "That won't happen when I'm in Congress."
"For as much as Marjorie Taylor Greene talks about communism and censorship," McCormack added, "she sure doesn't like me coming to her town hall to ask her a simple question."
Here\u2019s me and other constituents not being allowed in to Marjorie\u2019s town hall (it was not nearly at capacity)pic.twitter.com/xfsql36eBG— Holly McCormack for Congress (@Holly McCormack for Congress) 1643168431
On CNN Wednesday, former federal prosecutor and legal analyst Elie Honig explained how the GOP plot to submit fake Trump electors in states Joe Biden won could constitute a crime.
"What specific law or laws might have been broken with these fake electoral receipts, if you want to call them that, ballots?" asked anchor Jim Sciutto.
"I think — by the way, the fact that we're talking about documents that weren't just sort of drafted and then kicked around in back rooms in the Willard Hotel, these were documents drafted and submitted to the National Archives, that is a federal agency en route to Congress — that places this more squarely in the realm of potential crimes," said Honig. "It is a federal crime to submit a false document or to make a false statement to the federal government if your intent is to defraud."
"The question is going to be what was the intent behind these documents," said Honig. "I think prosecutors will be looking to see were they trying to mislead or trick or overpower Congress in order to install the wrong electors? The defense will be ... no, we weren't trying to trick anybody, we wanted to have these in place in case the courts came in, and reversed anything or Congress reversed anything. Some of the elector certificates, two of the seven, actually say that, the other five do not, though. I think it is going to be a stronger case to make against the five that do not say that."
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