On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News that the House and Senate should abandon their respective investigations regarding supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and instead focus on the emails and private email server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Concerning the appointment of Robert Mueller III as special counsel to investigate the Russian connection, he said, “I don’t know what caused the appointment. I haven’t seen any evidence of a crime yet. The bottom line is I respect the decision, but this pretty much shuts Congress down,” Graham said. “Democrats, you got what you wanted. You got a special counsel. Now we’ll just move on. We’re not prosecutors.”
Congress should continue its focus on Clinton, Graham said. “There’s a new front opening here. I have reason to believe that there are emails between Clinton campaign officials, democratic operatives to the Department of Justice regarding the Clinton email investigation that happened on Obama’s watch. I have reason to believe those emails exist,” Graham said.
“I’m on the Judiciary Committee. And I think it’s important that the Judiciary Committee be given any emails that were directed to the Department of Justice by Clinton campaign officials or operatives because we have jurisdiction over the Department of Justice,” Graham said.
While Graham said he has “reason to believe” that there were indeed emails exchanged by DOJ and the Clinton campaign, he did not elaborate.
After a rare briefing of the entire Senate by Rosenstein, Graham spoke to a gaggle of reporters later on Thursday on Capitol Hill,. He said of the Russia probe, “It’s now considered a criminal investigation.” He added, that Congress now have a “severely limited” ability to conduct any investigation. Apparently signalling to Democrats, Graham said, “I think a lot of members want the special counsel to be appointed, but don’t understand that you’re pretty well knocked out of the game.” Graham added, “And that’s probably the way it should be.