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Lindsey Graham Booed at Town Hall While Backing Gorsuch

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By    |   Saturday, 01 Apr 2017 09:37 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham Saturday faced down a hostile crowd of mostly Democrats and independents at a South Carolina town hall as he backed Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"There are Democratic members of the Senate who want to filibuster this guy," the third-term Republican said amid boos during the session at Trident Technical College in North Charleston. "You are taking the Senate down a very dangerous path.

"Don't do it."

The jeering grew louder as Graham continued.

"So I will vote to report him out — and if I have to, I will vote to change the rules, because I am not going to allow President [Donald] Trump to be denied the same opportunity that every president has had for 200 years because you're mad and you can't accept the outcome of an election."

By then, Graham could barely be heard over the crowd, which NBC News estimated at several hundred.

He also vowed that the Senate would conduct a "bipartisan and fair" investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, even though he admitted that recent developments surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn were "getting weirder by the day."

"We're going to follow the evidence and not let politics get in the way," Graham said.

"We're going to talk about the Flynn deal," he then added. "It's getting weirder by the day, isn't it? Yeah."

Graham said he wondered how Trump officials "missed" Flynn being a registered foreign agent for Turkey during the campaign — even poking at Flynn's comment in 2016 that those connected to Hillary Clinton who were seeking immunity were admitting their guilt to crimes.

"Flynn said himself, 'If you want immunity, you must, you know, be guilty,'" Graham quipped.

Regarding the House Intelligence Committee and its Russia investigation, he said: "Nunes. The House. They're off in a ditch."

Graham was referring to Republican Chairman Devin Nunes, who was shown intelligence information privately on the White House grounds — data that the Trump administration apparently already had — but he told the president what he saw and not others on his committee.

Democratic Vice Chairman Adam Schiff, as part of the committee, was also not shown the information. Both congressmen represent California.

"I don't know who invited him to look at the evidence in the White House," Graham said, speaking of Nunes. "All I can say is, 'Why do you show it to the chairman of the Intel Committee if you've got it yourself?'

"That never made sense to me.

"Schiff and his buddies seem to be prosecutors about every other day on TV," he added. "I hope they can get their act together and start interviewing witnesses.

"Whether or not it can be salvaged, I don't know.

"But opening up the files to Schiff — whatever Nunes saw, Schiff should see — it should have been that way in the beginning.

"So, I don't know if they're going to get their act together."

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