Lindsey Graham reads Strzok text calling Trump 'a f---ing idiot' during hearing

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Jaime Harrison raises million in two weeks for South Carolina Senate bid MORE (R-S.C.) read a series of anti-Trump texts from former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, including one text calling Trump "a f---ing idiot."

The expletive was broadcast across multiple national cable news outlets, including Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, all of which were covering the Judiciary Committee's highly anticipated hearing Wednesday featuring Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump hasn't asked Barr to open investigation into Bidens, McEnany says Seattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants MORE.

Graham, the chairman of the committee, read the text out loud before acknowledging that the hearing was being covered live, adding, "Sorry to the kids out there."

The private text from Strzok to Page was from October 2016, shortly before the presidential election.


Networks did not "bleep out" the quote read by Graham on Wednesday, as it appears there was no delay set on the remarks being broadcast live from the hearing.

Graham, a 2016 presidential candidate who was particularly critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE at the time, has since become a staunch advocate of the president on many issues, particularly regarding the special counsel probe into Russia's election interference in 2016.

On Wednesday morning, Graham stated in extended opening remarks his intention to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russian officials.

Barr was testifying before the Senate panel Wednesday about his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe.