Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said “it doesn’t matter” what President Donald Trump said to former White House counsel Don McGahn because in the end, “the president never obstructed” special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discounted revelations in the Mueller report that Trump in 2017 ordered McGahn to fire Mueller.
“It doesn't matter what he said to Don McGahn — it is what he did,” Graham said. “The president never obstructed,…If you going to look at every president who pops off at a staff and, you know, asks him to do something that is maybe crazy, then we won't have any presidents.”
Graham added “I don't care what they talked about” — and added he’s “done” with the Mueller probe.
“The point is, the president did not impede Mueller from doing his investigation,” Graham said.
“I am done,” he added. “I am not going re-litigate it. I don't know how clear I can be, it is over for me. [Trump] didn't collude with the Russians. Obstruction of justice in this situation is absurd…. It is over. “
Graham added, however, interference by Russia in the U.S. election “is a big deal.”
“Can you imagine what we would be seeing if the Russians or the Iranians hacked into the presidential team, of the Republican party?” he asked.
“It is not just a few Facebook ads. … the Russians are up to it again and here is what I tell President Trump. Everything we have done with the Russians is not working. We need more sanctions, not less.”
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