‘Appalling’: CNN’s Chris Cillizza Pans Lindsey Graham For ‘Situational Ethics’ on Don Jr. Subpoena


CNN analyst Chris Cillizza panned Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, for suggesting during an interview on Fox News Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. should ignore a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

That advice, as CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted, flies in the face of Graham’s previous arguments under the Clinton administration that defying subpoenas constitutes an assault on the Constitution. Blitzer played a clip of Graham making that argument in 1998, before turning to Cillizza.

“Lindsey Graham has learned one thing from his newfound ally, Donald Trump,” Cillizza said. “Situational ethics is perfectly fine in politics, because that’s what’s happening here. What’s the difference between that clip and today, other than 21 years? The difference is Bill Clinton was president then, a Democrat, and Donald Trump is president now, a Republican who Lindsey Graham has allied himself with.”

“There’s a number of issues where Lindsey Graham has just frankly changed positions,” Cillizza continued. “Most notably, his attitude about Donald Trump. He famously/infamously called Donald Trump a kook, doesn’t know what he’s doing, lead the country down the wrong road.”

“And now he is one of the president’s staunchest allies. We shouldn’t be surprised by this, but it is a little bit on the appalling side.”

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