In a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., said he believes the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing regarding the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to ensure that the action was not ‘politically motivated.’
“I think we owe it to the average American to have a hearing in the judiciary committee where Attorney General Sessions comes forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing, and give Mr. McCabe the chance to defend himself,” said Graham, who is a member of the panel. “I believe when it comes to this issue we need as much transparency as possible to make sure it wasn’t politically motivated.”
The Hill reported: Sessions on Friday fired McCabe. President Trump, who has personally attacked McCabe in the past, quickly praised that decision on Twitter, accusing McCabe of corrupt tactics and calling his firing a “great day for Democracy.”
McCabe issued a statement after he was fired in which he argued that his ouster was driven by the Trump administration in an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt., also a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Saturday the panel should hold an oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s attacks on the FBI and Justice Department.
Trump’s attacks on the FBI and Justice Department, and his celebration of McCabe’s firing have prompted concern from some lawmakers that he may be readying to order Mueller’s firing. Graham said Sunday reiterated his belief that such action would be “the beginning of the end” of Trump’s presidency.
If President Trump fired Robert Mueller, “that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency, because we are a rule of law nation,” says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham #CNNSOTU https://t.co/YGW17KN74f https://t.co/9kkjLc7CNb
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