Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday announced his intent to open a series of sprawling investigations into why the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe was opened, and how it was handled. He also announced he intends to open an investigation into how the Hillary Clinton email probe was handled.
Graham, who is running for re-election next year, said he wants Attorney General William Barr to also appoint a special counsel to investigate those areas in addition to his own investigation. Chairman Graham, as Politico reported, said, “for the country’s sake: Appoint somebody outside the current system to look into these allegations, somebody we all trust and let them do what Mr. Mueller did.”
Among his targets for investigation appear to be: the FBI and the DOJ, Hillary Clinton, Jim Comey, and the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant process.
Graham, in Monday’s press conference, said he supported the Mueller investigation. In the past year he has become one of President Trump’s top supporters. He bristled with outrage when a reporter asked if he could be considered objective when it comes to President Trump, especially as he dined with the President and delivered a speech at Mar-a-Lago just 90 minutes after the Mueller report was delivered to the Attorney General Friday night.
“By any reasonable standard,” Senator Graham said, “Mr. Mueller thoroughly investigated the Trump campaign. You cannot say that about the other side of the story,” he claimed, falsely.
“When it comes to the FISA warrant, the Clinton campaign, the counterintelligence investigation, it’s pretty much been swept under the rug,” Graham said, falsely. “Those days are over.”
The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General last year released the findings of its investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, supporting the decision to not prosecute Clinton over her private email server and handling of emails.
Spouting long-debunked conspiracy theories popularized by far right wing media, Chairman Graham also asked, “What role did the [Steele] dossier play? Was it the primary source of the information given to the court, was it supplemental, was its outcome determinative?”
The far right has been falsely claiming the Steele Dossier was the basis for the Trump-Russia probe. It was not.
“I want to know the role James Comey played in this process. I want to find out: Was the only reason you recused yourself was because of the tarmac meeting with Loretta Lynch?” Graham asked, speaking to the spontaneous 2016 meeting former President Bill Clinton had with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch while her plane was on a tarmac.
No, you’re REALLY seeing it. After a suspect summary is released by AG Barr, trying to sum up a 2 year investigation in 2 days, Lindsey Graham is actually talking about what Comey did, Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton’s emails. His re-election bid deflection is not even smooth. pic.twitter.com/Z6pUnFOGH0
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 25, 2019
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‘You Always Ask Me the Nicest Questions’: Biden Takes Down Doocy as Press Conference Nears End
About 90 minutes into President Joe Biden’s press conference, just as it was about to end, Fox News’ Peter Doocy called out a question and the President was only too happy to indulge him.
“You always ask me the nicest questions,” President Biden jovially responded to Doocy’s yelling, adding: “None of them make a lot of sense to me.”
Apparently desperate to prove him wrong, the Fox News correspondent declared, “Why are you trying in your first year so hard to pull the country so far to the left?”
President Biden didn’t get angry. He merely replied, “Well, I’m not.”
“I don’t know what you consider to be ‘too far to the left,'” President Biden continued, proceeding to rattle off a list of accomplishments that are pretty well-received and supported.
“In fact, we’re talking about making sure that we had the money for COVID making sure we had the money to put together the bipartisan infrastructure and making sure we’re able to provide for those things that in fact, we significantly reduced the burden on working class people but make them have to continue to work hard. I don’t know how that is pointed to the left. If you may recall. I, you guys have been trying to convince me that I am Bernie Sanders. I’m not, I like him but I’m not Bernie Sanders. I’m not a socialist. I’m a mainstream Democrat and I have been.”
“48 of the 50 Democrats supported me in the Senate on virtually every thing I’ve asked.”
President Biden then continued to take questions for a total of nearly two hours. The press conference is ongoing as of this publishing.
Fox News' Peter Doocy: "Why are you trying so hard in your first year to pull the country so far to the left?"
Biden: "Well, I'm not … I'm not Bernie Sanders, I'm not a socialist, I'm a mainstream Democrat." pic.twitter.com/m7bj4Hq1nU
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
‘Name Me One Thing’: Biden Blasts Republicans for Not Being ‘For’ Anything
During his press conference Wednesday afternoon President Joe Biden blasted the Republican Party, suggesting they stand for nothing.
“Think about this: What are Republicans for?” the President asked. “What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.”
“And so, the problem here is, I think what I have to do,” Biden said, noting a change in tactics, “I have to make clear to the American people what we are for,” referring to his Democratic Party.
Republicans during the 2020 presidential election literally stood for nothing: they didn’t bother to craft a 2020 platform.
“What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they’re for.” — President Biden pic.twitter.com/b9V8NwUzwC
— The Recount (@therecount) January 19, 2022
Utah’s Top GOP Lawmaker Tested Positive for COVID Twice Just Hours Before ‘Conducting Business as Normal’ – With No Mask
Utah’s hydroxychloroquine-pushing right wing Republican Senate President opened the chamber’s 2022 session Tuesday by announcing he had just tested positive for COVID – twice. He then “joked,” saying he was actually negative.
But in fact Senator J. Stuart Adams had indeed tested positive for COVID, twice, just hours before heading off to work and “conducting business as normal,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Sen. Adams had been symptomatic last Wednesday and tested positive the following day.
Senate deputy chief of staff Aundrea Peterson falsely “said the senator has followed the CDC guidelines, has not had a fever since Saturday, and his symptoms had subsided.”
CDC guidelines make clear anyone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days or, if symptoms are declining, they must wear a mask around others.
“Adams was maskless when he opened the session Tuesday, including when he greeted Elder Gerrit W. Gong, one of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who offered an opening prayer,” the Tribune notes. “Adams wore a mask when he met with news media later in the day but was unmasked again when the Senate resumed business in the afternoon.”
Mother Jones reported that in April of 2020 Utah’s “legislature met in special session and set aside $6 million for the state to purchase and stockpile medications. Turns out a suburban pharmacist with connections to Senate President Stuart Adams had stockpiled hundreds of thousands of doses of hydroxychloroquine and zinc, the scientifically questionable treatment championed by President Trump.”
As it turns out, “the state had already purchased $800,000 worth of the drug from this pharmacy, Meds in Motion, at vastly inflated prices.”
Laster on Tuesday, the Senate voted to void local mask mandates.
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