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Graham: Schiff comment on inquiry findings ‘full of crap’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday blasted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) over a statement he made earlier summarizing current findings from the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. 
 

Graham, during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night, was played a clip of remarks Schiff made outside the House’s sensitive compartmented information facility, where the Intelligence Committee chairman told reporters that during the testimony so far, the “most important facts are largely not contested.” 

 

“We are getting an increasing appreciation for just what took place during the course of the last year and the degree to which the president enlisted whole departments of government in the illicit aim of trying to get the Ukraine to dig up dirt on a political opponent as well as further a conspiracy theory about the 2016 election,” Schiff said.

 
{mosads}But Graham — who told reporters this week that he wasn’t reading transcripts of inquiry depositions — dismissed Schiff. 
 
“That statement is full of crap,” Graham said. 
 
Graham, who has emerged as one of Trump’s loudest allies in the Senate, has repeatedly lashed out at House Democrats and Schiff, in particular, including offering a resolution backed by 49 other GOP senators formally condemning the House process. 
 
“I don’t trust Adam Schiff to be fair. … I don’t trust the House Nadler-Schiff team to be fair to the president,” Graham said, also referencing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). “This whole process in the House is driven by partisan politicians that hate Trump’s guts.”
 
However, Graham said during the Fox News interview that he would not try to call Schiff before the Senate Judiciary Committee to question him about the House proceeding. Graham has noted in recent weeks that he’s facing pressure from the conservative base to try to force Schiff to testify. 
 
“I’m not going to subpoena a member of the House,” Graham said Wednesday. “If they subpoenaed me, I wouldn’t go. We have separate branches of government.”
 
Graham had said that he was going to try to get Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about corruption in Ukraine, likely paving the way for Giuliani to testify publicly about former Vice President Biden and his son Hunter Biden. 
 
But Graham on Wednesday indicated that Giuliani was unlikely to testify. 
 
“I invited him, and he hasn’t responded,” he said. “He’s the president’s lawyer, so I doubt we could actually get him to come unless he volunteered to come.”
 
Instead, Graham is calling for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to investigate Ukraine and Biden, including calling State Department officials.
 
Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) has indicated that any Ukraine-related hearings are on hold until the House impeachment inquiry wraps up. 
 
“We need to look at whether or not Hunter Biden corruptly engaged in lobbying,” Graham said during a separate interview with Fox News on Monday. “Did Joe Biden ask the prosecutor to be fired because he was investigating his son?”
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