Lindsey Graham insists Trump didn’t obstruct justice and doesn’t care what Mueller report says

Lindsey Graham

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) should care about what the Mueller report says as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and as an American, but he insisted that he doesn’t care on Sunday while claiming President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller specifically lists at least ten instances of obstruction of justice committed by Trump to sabotage the probe, including three that involve White House Counsel Don McGahn.

Trump ordered McGahn to fire Mueller and he refused to obey it. Trump also asked McGahn to lie about the order.

That’s a clear case of obstruction just on those two instances alone, and even former acting Attorney General Sally Yates stated on Sunday that she has successfully prosecuted obstruction cases on less evidence.

But Lindsey Graham, who is one of Trump’s top shills, refused to recognize the Mueller report’s findings on obstruction during an interview on Face The Nation with host Margaret Brennan.

“I think the idea that this president obstructed justice is absurd,” he said. “He turned over a million documents to the special counsel, almost everybody around him testified. I can’t think of one thing that President Trump did to stop Mueller from doing his job. He never claimed executive privilege. My point of view, I have heard all I need to really know and I want to look and find out all of this happened.”

Here’s the video via Twitter.

But Brennan challenged Graham by pointing out that just by ordering McGahn to fire Mueller he committed obstruction.

“But on that point of attempting to obstruct justice or not, the president seems to want to continue to litigate this, because he came out this week and said and denied he had ever thought or told anyone to fire Don McGahn, the White House counsel, but that directly contradicts sworn testimony that was in the Mueller report, where Don McGahn said he almost quit he was so pressured to fire the special counsel.”

Indeed, Trump’s denial has resulted in the House Judiciary Committee seeking testimony from McGahn. And rather than see McGahn contradict his lies, Trump is ordering him not to comply.

But Graham, once again, shrugged off Trump’s behavior.

“I think it is all just theatrics” he said. “It doesn’t matter what he said to Don McGahn, it is what he did. The president never obstructed.”

“It doesn’t matter that he is changing a version or someone is lying?” Brennan asked.

“If you’re going to look at every president who pops off at a staff and, you know, asks him to do something that is maybe crazy then we won’t have any presidents,” he replied.

When asked if he will call McGahn to testify, Graham said no and that he’s done with the report and the scandal.

Here’s the video via Twitter.

Of course, this is not the same stance Graham took in regards to former President Bill Clinton.

In 1999, Graham specifically accused Clinton of telling others to lie for him and demanded he be impeached for obstruction.

“He encouraged people to lie for him,” Graham said at the time. “He lied. I think he obstructed justice. I think there’s a compelling case that he has, in fact, engaged in conduct that would be better for him to leave office than to stay in office.”

Here’s the video via Twitter.

Clearly, Graham is a hypocrite who is only interested in obstruction when a Democrat is in office. But when a Republican is in office he will throw his alleged values out the window to protect the president.

His friend, the late-Senator John McCain, would be disgusted by him if he could see him now.

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