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Lindsey Graham: Cohen Case 'Ain't Got a Damn Thing to Do With Russia'

By    |   Friday, 14 December 2018 05:17 PM

The case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has nothing to do with Russia and the claims involving the president knowing or lying about payments to keep news of his alleged affairs from hitting the press are not connected with the underlying theme of special counsel Robert Muller's investigation, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

"It ain't got a damn thing to do with Russia," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "When it comes to campaign funds law violations, you have Cohen, Stormy Daniels, a Playboy model, and (Michael) Avenatti, against Trump. Be my guest if that's where you want to go."

Graham said he never would advocate violating the law, but from President Donald Trump's point of view, he he signed nondisclosure agreements before to protect his family and his brand.

Cohen claimed in an interview early Friday that he'd made payments to quiet the accusations against Trump as the 2016 election neared, and Graham said such actions "would be a campaign finance violation in theory, but that has never been used to impeach anyone.

"Obama failed to report $8 million worth of contributions and he got a fine, so I'm just saying what's the big deal to me if Trump colluded with the Russians?" said Graham. "And if he didn't, I'll put everything else in perspective. If you want to impeach the president over the Stormy Daniels thing, you can if you choose to."

However, he noted, the investigation against President Bill Clinton began about bad business deals, and turned into an investigation about sex.

"If you think this is worthy of impeachment in the House, go ahead," said Graham. "I think most Americans probably won't agree with you...Bill Clinton lied about having sexual relationships with that woman. I voted against that article of impeachment because I think most people blindsided would lie to protect their family."

Graham also dismissed findings against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as evidence of collusion with Russia. 

"This is all postelection intrigue," said Graham. "I don't know why it's a crime to talk to the Russians when you are in transition. I guess it's a crime to lie to talk to the Russians when you are in transition from one administration to the next, so if you are looking for the big picture, there is no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign, during the campaign with anything Russia thus far."

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