Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, whose name appears first on Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress (copy below), has emerged as one of President Donald Trump’s top defenders. He is also responsible for determining how the Senate will move forward on the information it receives from the nearly-two-year long Mueller investigation into Russia’s attack on U.S. electoral system and if Donald Trump or any members of his teams conspired with that hostile foreign power.
Graham is literally one of the first four, and one of the top Members of Congress who will be briefed by AG Barr on the Mueller report.
White House reporter for BuzzFeed News:
The Republican Party of Palm Beach is hosting a Lincoln dinner at Mar-a-Lago tonight. The keynote speaker is Sen. Lindsay Graham, who heads up one of the two committees who received the letter from Barr on Mueller wrapping up today. https://t.co/ZFwqgwzxaK
— Tarini Parti (@tparti) March 22, 2019
So it seems inappropriate that Chairman Graham, literally 90 minutes after the Mueller report was officially handed off to the Attorney General, is slated to deliver the keynote address at the Lincoln Day Dinner, a GOP affair, at President Trump’s Florida mansion and golf club, Mar-a-Lago.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, among the senior lawmakers directly informed this afternoon that Mueller has submitted his report, will be at Mar-a-Lago tonight
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 22, 2019
WPBF reports “the Republican Party of Palm Beach County is hosting a Lincoln Day dinner at Mar-a-Lago at 6:30 p.m.”
“Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is the emcee and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is the keynote speaker,” the local news station adds. “The president will be in Palm Beach County until Sunday.”
NBC News producer Frank Thorpe V offers this:
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) March 22, 2019
Here’s Barr’s letter, with Chairman Graham’s name at the top: