Senator Lindsey Graham is not necessarily thrilled at the naming of a special prosecutor, noting that other members of Congress may now be shocked to learn that they are not longer able to be the big man in front of the microphone on television the way they were prior to Mueller being dragged into the “I hate everything Russian and Trump Marathon.”
He may have confirmed one of the reasons Democrats were pushing so hard to have one appointed and perhaps a significant reason behind the Russia Hoax to begin with. Documents and witnesses are now much more restricted, including government officials ability to testify before Congress, due to the old familiar excuse of “an ongoing investigation.” There are times when that reality may serve to help the President, at least in the short term, in relieving him of some of the malicious Democrat onslaught, but it will likely be an overall negative, particularly as it drags out into the midterms and beyond.
Democrats will be able to make any convenient claims they choose with more recklessness as the means for their being refuted will often be beyond reach. There are elements of Mr. Comey’s conduct that are likely criminal that will now, according to Graham’s interpretation, be beyond the access of the American public for an unknown period of time, probably several years. It’s a Democrat obstructionist’s dream come true.
Graham said, “The general consensus, it was a good decision to pick a special counsel, a lot of confidence in Mr. Mueller. I think the shot to the body is it’s now considered a criminal investigation and Congress’ ability to conduct investigations of all things Russia has been severely limited, probably in an appropriate fashion.”
“So 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,” said Graham. “And that’s probably the way it should be. It was a counter intelligence investigation before now. It seems to me now to be considered a criminal investigation, and what does that mean for the Congress?”
Graham reveals, “I find it hard to subpoena records of somebody, like Mr. Flynn, who may be subject to a criminal investigation, because he has a right not to incriminate himself. As to Mr. Comey, the former director of the FBI, coming before the committee, If I were Mr. Mueller, I would jealously guard the witness pool. So one of the big losers in this decision is the public.”
He says, “We had a real good hearing with Yates and Clapper, where the public could hear what happened with Ms. Yates and Mr. Clapper. I think that opportunity has been lost, maybe for the greater good. But there are a lot of people in that room who are shocked that when a special counsel has been appointed, that Congress has limitations on what we can do.”
Graham says, “So I’ve always believed that a counter intelligence investigation did not need a special prosecutor or counsel, a criminal investigation might. The Deputy Attorney General decided to appoint a special counsel and one of the results of that, the ability of Congress to call people who may be witnesses in an investigation conducted by Mr. Mueller is going to severely restrict what we can do.”