Lindsey Graham After Being Confronted With Past Remarks Vowing ‘Hell to Pay’ if Session Fired: ‘When Was That?’
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced a seemingly uncomfortable moment on Fox News Thursday when confronted with his past remarks claiming there would be “holy hell to pay” if Jeff Sessions was fired.
During an interview with Martha MacCallum just a day after the Attorney General’s ouster, Sessions listened to a playback of his July 2017 comments in which he also said that “any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong.”
Once the clip ended, Graham asked MacCallum, “When was that? What year?” then explained his apparent change of tune.
“Every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in and they can work with,” he said. “I like Jeff Sessions. I’ve known Jeff for a long time. I hope he goes and runs for his old Senate seat in Alabama. It’s clear to me it’s not working, was not working between Attorney General Sessions and President Trump. For months now I’ve been saying, after the election, if the president wants to change attorney generals (sic), he has every right to do so.”
The senator also vocalized his support for Sessions’ replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker despite Whitaker’s criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“I think Mr. Whitaker was a good pick,” Graham said. “I think he’s going to be as fair and impartial as Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were. The bottom line is this is hysteria more than it is anything else. I am here to tell you and everyone else that Mr. Mueller will be allowed to do his job and hopefully that investigation will come to a conclusion here pretty soon.”
Watch the clip above via Fox News.
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