Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election

Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham neck and neck with challenger in South Carolina Senate race: poll Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that he wants to release the findings of his investigation into the federal Russia probe before the November election.

Graham, speaking to a small group of reporters, said that he planned to wrap up the Judiciary Committee investigation by September or October.

"I want to do it before the election, I want to get all the information out there," Graham said when asked if the plan was to release the report before the election.

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Graham's timeline, which was first reported by The Hill last week, would have him releasing a report on the committee's probe only weeks before the November election, where Trump is set to face off against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee. 

In addition to the Senate panel examining "Crossfire Hurricane," the name for the FBI investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling and the Trump campaign, Graham has said that his investigation will also look at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Republicans have pushed to specifically examine the handling of the investigation of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, which was part of the Russia probe.

Asked on Tuesday if releasing the report shortly before the election made it look like he was trying to influence the election, Graham replied: "I'm trying to explain to the American people what happened." 

Graham is asking the Judiciary Committee to give him subpoena authority to request interviews or documents from dozens of officials. That vote is expected to take place on June 4, where he'll need a majority of the panel to support his request. 

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Asked who he actually wanted to speak with in person, Graham said part of it depended on what information they could get from documents but that he wanted to hear from the "major players" including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Judge will not dismiss McCabe's case against DOJ Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJudge will not dismiss McCabe's case against DOJ Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDOJ kept investigators from completing probe of Trump ties to Russia: report Five takeaways from final Senate Intel Russia report FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE.

He added that he wanted Attorney General William BarrBill BarrFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Why a backdoor to encrypted data is detrimental to cybersecurity and data integrity FBI official who worked with Mueller raised doubts about Russia investigation MORE to come "toward the end," and that he wanted to hear from the Justice Department about the recent decision to drop the Flynn case.

Senate Republican chairmen, including Graham, are increasingly ramping up their investigation into decisions stemming from the Obama administration.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose MORE (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has a vote scheduled for Wednesday on a subpoena related to his investigation into Hunter Biden and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

Democrats have fumed over the investigations, arguing that Republicans are using their gavel to try to help Trump as he prepares to face Joe Biden in the November election.

"The Chairman of the Judiciary Committee announced that his committee will soon consider subpoenas related to yet another conspiracy theory pushed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE—this time to try to re-write the history of Russian interference in the 2016 election to match the fantasy in President Trump’s head," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Biden refuses to say whether he would support expanding Supreme Court Schumer says Trump tweet shows court pick meant to kill off ObamaCare MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday.