Former DNC spokesman: Graham's calls for new special counsel investigation will go down as 'scarlet letter'

Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesman Adam Hodge said Tuesday that Rep. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Why Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets MORE’s (R-S.C.) calls for a new special council investigation into the Department of Justice and FBI’s role in the 2016 election will be viewed negatively by historians.

“Let’s not forget Lindsey Graham for decades was the biggest champion of warrantless wire tapping and so it’s a little interesting to see him get religion now on privacy and security when it’s good for his politics,” Hodge, who is now a Senior Vice President at consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton during a panel discussion on “Rising.”

“I think that’s what’s really going on here — he’s worried about the primary in 2020 and doing whatever he can to sow up his base and be as close of a friend to the president because he knows that wins,” he continued. “I think that’s, unfortunately, going to be a scarlet letter when the history books are written in this period.”

A day after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions MORE issued a summary report clearing Trump of conspiring with Russians during the 2016 election, Graham told reporters that he intends to open a new probe into the handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s probe.

Graham said that since the end of 2017, he has urged for a review of the justifications for the surveillance warrants that the FBI issued against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. He went on to question whether the counterintelligence investigation was politically motived and used as a “as a back-door to spy on the campaign.”

Last year, House Republicans launched an investigation into similar questions poses by Graham, but failed to find any direct evidence that the Justice Department’s conduct was politically motivated.

But Hodge argued that Graham, a former military lawyer, knows “full well” how the FISA process works. He also said he hopes to see more details about the alleged abuses in question.

The DOJ’s inspector general Michael Horowitz is still conducting his review of the Russia investigation, which has been kept largely under wraps.

“Lindsey Graham knows full well how the FISA process works, I think there’s plenty of reason to believe the whole investigation into Carter Page was legit and hopefully we’ll see more details of that investigation,” he told Hill.TV.

The Hill has reached out to Graham's office for comment. 

—Tess Bonn