Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) personally investigated former President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's claims of electoral fraud in the days following the 2020 election and found them to be elementary and lacking in substance, according to a new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. 

After pressing the White House and Trump's legal team for evidence to support the former president's claims of a "rigged" election, Graham privately described Trump's efforts as suitable for “third grade," The Washington Post, citing the new book, "Peril," reported on Monday

“Give me some names,” Graham reportedly told Rudy Giuliani, Trump's then-personal attorney, and Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - White House tackles how to vaccinate children ages 5+ Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE, the White House chief of staff during, a meeting on Jan. 2. “You need to put it in writing. You need to show me the evidence.”


After Giuliani and Trump's legal team provided Graham with documents that allegedly raised questions about vote totals in several states, Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, sent them to the Lee Holmes, the panel's top legal counsel, Woodward and Robert Costa write, according to the Post. 

“Holmes found the sloppiness, the overbearing tone of certainty, and the inconsistencies disqualifying,” the authors added. "The memos, he determined, 'added up to nothing.' ” 

After a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol complex on Jan. 6, Graham voted to certify President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's Electoral College victory and said he had "tried to be helpful" to Trump but was ready to recognize Biden as the president. 

"Trump and I, we had a hell of a journey," Graham said from the Senate floor that day. "I hate it being this way. Oh my god I hate it ... but today all I can say is count me out. Enough is enough. I tried to be helpful." 

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Retreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Utah) also oversaw what was described as a "parallel" effort to investigate Trump's claims of election fraud and was unpersuaded, the Post reported on Monday, citing the new book.

Graham's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Woodward and Costa's reporting.