In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the media has been trying to skewer President Donald Trump’s legacy as his time in office comes to a close.
But according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an entire investigation was weaponized to undermine Trump’s presidency from the start. The South Carolina senator and chairman of the Judiciary Committee has released the highly-anticipated transcripts of interviews conducted by the Senate committee on the “origins and aftermath” of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The transcript release comes just days before Trump’s time in office will end.
What does it say?
In his announcement of the transcripts, Graham said Crossfire Hurricane “was one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ.”
Other top-ranking Republican senators have made similar statements ever since they began looking at the origins of the controversial operation which involved former FBI and DOJ players like former FBI Director James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who claimed Trump had illegally colluded with Russia, according to The New York Times.
Graham pointed out some of the more well-known controversies surrounding Crossfire Hurricane, especially the revelations that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts were essentially manipulated into issuing warrants based on bad or outright false information.
“The FISA warrant applications against Carter Page were a travesty, and those who signed them have acknowledged that if they knew then what they know now, they would not have signed it,” Graham said in the transcript.
Graham also accused those involved in the operation as proceeding with the case, knowingly using bad information, in order to satisfy their biases against the president.
It’s not over yet
The Republican senator also thanked Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and his team for digging into the investigation, who he claims “uncovered the massive abuses of Crossfire Hurricane.” He also praised members of the Senate Judiciary staff for their work on the investigation.
Graham suggested that the hard work exposing the origins and aftermath of Crossfire Hurricane will be used to reform future investigations.
“I will be pursuing reforms of counterintelligence investigations and warrant applications, and hope that my Democratic and Republican colleagues can find common ground on these matters,” Graham said.
Hopefully, America won’t be subject to baseless political investigations in the future, but if it does happen, it appears Graham and his colleagues will have a renewed approach to making certain that they’re conducted in an above-board fashion.