Lindsey Graham today: “What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label [Trump] as some kind of kook, not fit to be President.”
Lindsey Graham in 2016: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”
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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that a report that President Donald Trump personally dictated his son’s misleading statement regarding a meeting last summer with a Russian attorney “bothers me a lot.”
“It bothers me a lot because, one, he put his son in jeopardy,” Graham said on NBC’s “Today” show of a Monday Washington Post report that Trump had reportedly dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.’s statement explaining his meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer who he had been led to believe was in possession of Russian government-sourced damaging information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
That initial statement from Trump Jr. first indicated that the meeting had been about adoption issues related to sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. But Trump Jr. was later forced to concede that he took the meeting based on the promise of information on Clinton when emails related to the meeting were published.
“If that’s true then that was a bad decision by the president which will make us ask more questions,” Graham said. “When you get caught in a lie about one thing it makes it hard to just say ‘let the other stuff go.’”
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Sunday for President Trump to either prove his claim that President Barack Obama tapped the phones in Trump Tower during last year’s election campaign or drop the accusation.
“The president has one of two choices, either retract or provide the information that the American people deserve,” McCain said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have no reason to believe that the charge is true, but I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute.”
Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) also formally requested the information last week in a letter to FBI Director James B. Comey and acting deputy attorney general Dana Boente. Trump administration officials have not provided any evidence to back up the president’s claim from earlier this month.
“If the allegation is left out there, it undermines the confidence the American people have in the entire way that the government does business,” McCain said.