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

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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators applaud Biden for global vaccine donation plans Lindsey Graham: Dismissal of Wuhan lab leak theory cost Trump 2020 election Tim Scott: Could be 'very hard' to reach police reform deal by June deadline 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 BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 ComeyMystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom Trump DOJ seized phone records of New York Times reporters MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Protect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE.

He added that he wanted Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says DOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas 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 JohnsonHillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator YouTube suspends Ron Johnson for 7 days GOP senators introduce bill to make Iran deal subject to Senate approval 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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 SchumerDOJ to probe Trump-era subpoenas of lawmaker records Democrats demand Barr, Sessions testify on Apple data subpoenas Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday.