Graham sending letter to countries asking them to cooperate with DOJ probe into Russia investigation

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa What to watch for as Senate organizes impeachment on day one MORE (R-S.C.) said he plans to send a letter asking other countries to cooperate with the Justice Department's (DOJ) probe into the origins of the Mueller investigation.
 
 
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"Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counterintelligence investigation of Trump's campaign. If he's not doing that he's not doing his job," Graham said. 
 
"So I'm going to write a letter to all three countries ... asking them to cooperate with Barr," he added. 
 
 
Graham's Fox News interview comes after The New York Times reported that Trump urged Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help Barr, according to two officials with knowledge of the call. The Justice Department subsequently confirmed that Trump had contacted foreign governments at Barr's request. 
 
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has emerged as a close ally of Trump, blasted the Times piece, characterizing it as "the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr's investigation." 
 
"This New York Times article is an effort to stop Barr. ... What are they afraid of? This really bothers me a lot that the left is going to try to say there's something wrong with Barr talking to Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom," he added.
 
Barr said earlier this year that he planned to investigate the intelligence collection on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election to determine whether it was “adequately predicated.”
 
In addition to the Times story, The Washington Post reported on Monday that Barr and U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamJim Comey's damaging legacy at the FBI must be undone Federal prosecutor looking into Brennan's role in Russian interference findings: report The Hill's Morning Report - Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment MORE, who is leading the DOJ’s inquiry, met with senior Italian officials.

Barr has also reportedly requested assistance from British intelligence officials in connection with the inquiry.