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 GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran 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 ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? 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 GrassleyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel State Dept sent explosive-detection dogs to Jordan despite evidence of mistreatment: report 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 TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal 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 SessionsLewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media Nadler considering holding Lewandowski in contempt Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing 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.