WATCH: Lindsey Graham Snaps at Reporter for Suggesting ‘Conflict of Interest’ During Mueller Presser
During a press briefing on the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s Russia investigation, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) became visibly aggravated when a reporter suggested a possible “conflict of interest” between him and President Donald Trump. The reporter brought up a speech Graham gave at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.
“Does that public closeness with the President at least give an appearance of conflict of interest, given your role?” he asked.
Graham reacted with incredulity, invoking the investigation of former President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment back in the ’90s.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” he said. “Did anybody ever ask during the Clinton impeachment that a Democrat was conflicted on speaking out on behalf of the President? I am a elected political official. I am a Republican. I’m going all over the country to speak to the Republican Party. I want Trump to win. I’m chairman of the judiciary Committee. I do my job very responsibly.”
Another reporter pointed out Graham was seen in the past playing golf with Trump, and was involved in what led to Clinton’s impeachment.
The Republican senator said it was “absurd” for reporters to suggest his partisan interests would disqualify him from doing his job, which was to speak on behalf of Trump and the Republican Party. He added despite his political interests, he had supported the Mueller investigation.
“I stood by Mr. Mueller because I believe in the rule of law. There’s politics, and there’s the rule of law,” he said. “So to suggest that if you’re a Republican, and that you want Trump to win, somehow you can’t do your job is absurd.”
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