Graham: Trump should fight Dem subpoenas 'like hell'

Graham: Trump should fight Dem subpoenas 'like hell'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan US troops leaving Syria cross into Iraq Graham says he's open-minded on supporting impeachment: 'Sure, I mean show me something that is a crime' MORE (R-S.C.) called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE to defy subpoenas from House Democrats, calling the lawmakers “political hacks,” according to CNN.

Graham, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Trump to “fight like hell” against subpoenas demanding that the White House turn documents over to congressional committees.

The South Carolina Republican, who is up for re-election in 2020, told CNN that he is "OK with a politician fighting another politician," and rejected any accusations that Trump obstructed justice in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's investigation.

"Obstruction of justice to me is absurd because the President cooperated fully," Graham told CNN. "So if the House wants to keep doing this, if I were the President I'd fight like hell."
 
"The Mueller report is the last and final word on everything (about) Trump's campaign for me," he added.
 
Mueller noted in his report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that the evidence did not find Trump committed a crime, but that it did not fully exonerate him on the question of obstruction of justice. 
 

House Democrats are ramping up efforts to continue investigating Trump on obstruction, noting that Mueller' detailed 10 episodes related to alleged obstruction that were subject to his team's scrutiny. Trump said last week that he would fight "all the subpoenas" issued by the House, arguing that his cooperation with Mueller's investigation was sufficient.

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CNN also asked Graham about his past comments during the impeachment of former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHouse Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry Democrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE.

Graham, who was then a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in 1998 that former President Richard Nixon became subject to impeachment when he “failed” to answer a subpoena, “because he took the power … over the impeachment process away from Congress."

When CNN asked him about the quote, Graham responded “I said that?” and added that the situations were not analogous because Nixon had defied subpoenas from special prosecutor Leon Jaworski, not Congress.

"Their guys are political hacks right now," Graham said. "Mueller was the guy I was looking to -- not Nadler, not Lindsey Graham, not any of us, not a Republican."

In 1998, Graham voted for an article of impeachment charging Clinton with “impair[ing] the due and proper administration of justice” and saying he “refused and failed to respond to certain written requests for admission and willfully made perjurious, false and misleading sworn statements.”

In the CNN interview, Graham denied he was partisan in his view of impeachment, noting he was the only Republican to vote against any of the articles of impeachment against Clinton, breaking with his party on an impeachment article related to alleged lying in a civil case.