Graham: I would ‘totally’ investigate FBI over Russia probe, Clinton emails as Judiciary chair

Graham: I would ‘totally’ investigate FBI over Russia probe, Clinton emails as Judiciary chair
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell Overnight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Dem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report MORE (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said he would "totally" look into the FBI's handling of its investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE's emails if he becomes chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"The oversight function will be very much front and center," Graham said in an appearance on CNN

Graham is in position to rise to chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries MORE (R-Iowa), the current chairman, opts to head up the Senate Finance Committee instead.

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The South Carolina Republican, who has emerged as one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE's strongest advocates, has previously expressed a desire to look into the FBI's investigations. He has suggested on multiple occasions that a second special counsel should be appointed to probe GOP allegations of bias within the bureau.

Graham also indicated on Tuesday that he would support a bill to protect special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE in his investigation into Russian election interference, but cautioned that he doesn't believe there's a need for it.

“I don’t see any movement to get rid of Mueller," he said. "But it probably would be good to have this legislation in place just for the future.” 

Graham co-sponsored a bill to protect the Mueller investigation in April that would codify Justice Department regulations that say only a senior official can fire Mueller or another special counsel.

Democrats and some Republicans have revived calls for legislation to protect the special counsel after Trump fired Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE as attorney general and replaced him with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who penned opinion pieces as a private citizen arguing for stifling Mueller's funding and curbing the scope of his investigation.