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 GrahamWhy do Americans worry about North Korea? Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel 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 ComeyFBI director Wray orders internal review of Flynn case Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts FBI director stuck in the middle with 'Obamagate' MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGraham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election Trump cites 'Obamagate' in urging GOP to get 'tough' on Democrats Graham announces vote on subpoenas for Comey, Obama-era intel officials MORE and former Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSenate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election McConnell embraces subpoena of Obama-era officials MORE.

He added that he wanted Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump sides with religious leaders in fight against governors Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans 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 JohnsonHouse chair threatens subpoenas if Pompeo doesn't provide Biden docs he gave Senate GOP Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief Schumer dubs GOP 'conspiracy caucus' amid Obama-era probes 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 TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday.