Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., compared the course of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to that of a 1990s probe of President Bill Clinton that began “with a land deal” and wound up “with a blue dress.”
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Graham said there shouldn’t be any interference with the Mueller probe.
"I think it's proceeding in a way that these things start with a land deal and wind up with a blue dress,” he said, referring to independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s Clinton-era Whitewater investigation.
“This started with an accusation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Now we've got all kind of things in New York and [former campaign chairman Paul] Manafort's lobbying business apart from and before he met [President Donald] Trump. So I don't know where it's going to go."
But Graham, remarking on Manafort’s plea deal — and promised cooperation — with Mueller last Friday, said the investigation apparently hasn’t found any evidence of collusion.
"Manafort could have a lot of stuff or he could just have stuff around financial transactions. I don't know yet,” Graham said. “At the end of the day I haven't heard anything coming out of the Mueller world showing collusion between Trump and the Russians... I trust [Mueller] to be honest and fair and time will tell."
Politically, Graham said, Mueller’s probe is safe.
“Not one Republican in the Senate has done anything to stop this investigation,” he said. “The leadership of the House and the Senate are Republicans that pledged their efforts to make sure that Mr. Mueller finishes his job… nothing's going to happen to Mueller's investigation politically. [He’s] going to be allowed to finish it it."
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