As President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial comes to a close, with an expected acquittal vote as soon as Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham is looking beyond impeachment. The South Carolina senator — one of Trump’s staunchest Senate Republican allies, wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to hear from the anonymous whistleblower.
According to The Washington Examiner, Graham made clear that he fully intends on hearing from the anonymous person who essentially triggered the impeachment of Trump after filing a complaint about the president’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.
“The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told us that they will call the whistleblower,” Graham said during an appearance Sunday on Fox News. “I want to understand how all this crap started,” the senator added.
The news comes in the wake of a renewed call from a number of Republicans who believe House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is involved with the whistleblower in a potentially inappropriate manner.
Graham outlined several of the exact reasons why he — and his GOP colleagues — desire to learn who the whistleblower is and how he might or might not be connected to former Vice President Joe Biden and other Obama-era officials.
“If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” Graham said.
Graham hinted that there are a number of additional potential investigations unfolding alongside the whistleblower situation. He indicated that the Foreign Relations Committee will be looking into Biden while the Senate Judiciary Committee will be looking into “all things FISA.”
“I guarantee you: if it shoe were on the other foot, Democrats would be eating us alive if Republicans had done any of these things,” Graham said of opening multiple investigations.