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Democrats burst out laughing as Lindsey Graham renews investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails

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South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, the new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, plans to launch new investigations into the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

Graham, who backed President Trump’s demands for investigations into several Obama-era scandals last year, now plans to probe the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation and its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application that targeted Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, The Hill reports.

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Graham previously told reporters this month that he would do a “deep dive on the FISA issue.” Conservatives have repeatedly insisted that the Justice Department violated Page’s rights by collecting his electronic communications. The FBI has said it was investigating Page because they believed he was conspiring with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.

Graham also told Fox News last month that he thought the FBI “phoned in” the Clinton probe because the agency was “in the tank” for her campaign.

“There’s a certain unevenness here about how you investigate campaigns,” Graham said, claiming there was a double standard between how the FBI handled the Clinton investigation and its approach to the Trump campaign.

Democrats responded to the news by mocking the new Judiciary chairman.

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The Hill reported that when Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, was told about Graham’s plans, he “started laughing and compared them to the ‘thrilling days of yesteryear.’”

“This is going to be like the History Channel, it turns out. Instead of taking a look at the current issues, Lindsey Graham wants to go back and answer important questions about the Bermuda Triangle and Hillary Clinton,” Durbin said, adding that Graham may want to question former President Jimmy Carter next.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who also sits on the committee, quipped that perhaps Graham should “investigate Benghazi some more.”

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While Graham, who also promised to use his spot on the committee to speed through Trump’s judicial nominees, is apparently eager to do Trump’s bidding on the panel, Democrats are calling for Graham to call Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to testify.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent a letter to Graham last week asking for Cohen to be called before the committee to testify about the bombshell BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations to conceal Trump’s involvement.

“Our committee must conduct a thorough investigation of the President’s involvement in these crimes and whether he obstructed justice to hide them. … The hour to put country before petty partisan differences has come,” the letter said.

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Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress last year. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a rare statement disputing the BuzzFeed News report but the outlet says it is standing “100 percent” behind its reporting.

Trump’s current personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insisted that the Trump Tower Moscow project was “in the earliest stage” and claimed to The New Yorker that “no plans were ever made. There were no drafts. Nothing in the file.”

Shortly after that statement, BuzzFeed News published a new report showing the detailed plans of Trump’s “richly imagined vision” of the project, citing “hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans.”

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The documents show that Trump signed a letter of intent to start the project months after he launched his presidential campaign in mid-2015. According to BuzzFeed, he continued to receive updates from Cohen about the project right up until his election victory in November 2016, all the while falsely telling voters, “I have no dealings with Russia, I have no deals in Russia, I have no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called on Graham and other Republicans to “join in a bipartisan effort to get the facts to the American people, who deserve to know the full story of what happened during and after the 2016 election.”


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