During his confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the FBI took an indirect swipe at the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., over the younger Trump’s decision last year to meet with an obscure Russian lawyer after learning she possessed damaging information regarding his father’s then-election opponent.
FBI director nominee Christoper A. Wray delivered the shot after being asked by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham whether Trump Jr. should have taken that meeting in the first place.
“Well, Senator, I don’t — I, I, I’m hearing for the first your description of it so I’m not really in a position to speak to it, I gather that special counsel Mueller will –,” Wray began replying, clearly attempting to dodge the question before being cut off by the senator.
“Well, let me ask you this,” Graham interrupted. “If I got a call from somebody saying the Russian government wants to help Lindsey Graham get re-elected, they’ve got dirt on Lindsey Graham’s opponent — should I take that meeting?”
“Well, Senator, I would think you’d want to consult with some good legal advisers before you did that,” Wray replied.
“So the answer is, should I call the FBI?” Graham prodded.
“I think it would be wise to let the FBI know,” the FBI nominee tried answering before being cut off again by Graham.
“You’re going to be the director of the FBI, pal!” Graham snapped. “So here’s what I want you to tell every politician: If you get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, tell us all to call the FBI.”
After a brief pause, Wray conceded to the senator’s demand, saying, “To the members of this committee, any threat or effort to interfere with our elections from any nation-state or any non-state actor is the kind of thing the FBI would want to know.”
Listen to the back-and-forth exchange below:
For one, the lawyer he met with has denied having any connection to the Russian government, according to Fox News. And for another, unlike Graham, Trump Jr. was not yet a member of the government last year.
Plus, there’s the fact that, according to Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times, Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Democrat allies used disinformation from the Russians “to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump”; though apparently, Sen. Graham didn’t feel it necessary to mention this during the hearing.
And yet the South Carolina senator wonders why so many conservatives consider him to be a RINO …
H/T U.K. Daily Mail
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