Lindsey Graham: Senate Will Investigate FISA Abuse, Surveillance of Trump Campaign


Mueller's long-awaited final report was delivered to the Justice Department on Friday after a almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Echoing remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Senate's top Democrat, Sen.

Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the Department of Justice "doesn't do opposition research", and therefore should not be expected to release the Mueller report in full.

All they needed was a stinging condemnation from Mueller of Trump's behavior to give their probes liftoff.

Nadler, however, said the president was misrepresenting the findings of the summary authored by Barr, who the New York Democrat accused of making "questionable legal judgments". Graham added, referring to Bill Clinton's June 2016 meeting with then-attorney general Loretta Lynch on an Arizona airport tarmac.

A few hours before the summary was released Sunday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he believed there was "significant evidence of collusion" in an interview with ABC News.

Trump told reporters at the White House last week that he wouldn't mind if the public sees Mueller's report. The Mueller report is a punch in the gut for Schiff, who will now face criticism from the right that his committee is picking at the carcass of the Mueller report in the hopes of keeping the collusion narrative alive.

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Under Justice Department rules, matters pertaining to ongoing investigations must remain classified.

"To suggest that if you're a Republican and you want Trump to win, you can't do your job is absurd", he continued.

"You don't need to be guilty of an underlying crime to obstruct an investigation - especially one that might, and in fact did, implicate a number of close associates and aides", said Jens David Ohlin, a law professor at Cornell University. Although Mueller determined that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, he was able to charge and prove other crimes by Trump associates.

Cummings, whose Oversight Committee has broad authority to investigate the executive branch and its leaders, has sent a bevy of letters to administration officials on a half-dozen topics, including some inquiring whether Trump overrode the advice of career Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, obtain top clearances. Those candidates hit a strikingly similar note on Sunday, calling for the full report to be made public and casting doubt on Barr's summary of it. "A short letter from Trump's hand-picked Attorney General is not sufficient", Senator Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter.

"Well, you're not", she said. I want to know who did it. Could Mueller have just not included any language about this decision in his report? Graham went on to call the unsubstantiated dossier "garbage", pointing out that a number of its allegations - including the claim that Michael Cohen went to Prague to meet with Russian hackers during the campaign - have been disproven.

I invite colleagues to join me in working with President Trump to enact commonsense measures to expand the USA economy and protect our national security. "In fact, he may not even be a free person".

Barr seems to see the investigation for what it was.