Graham Wants Answers from FBI on Roger Stone Raid

SAYS HEAVY-HANDED TACTICS “OVER-THE-TOP”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 30, 2019) — On Wednesday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham appeared on “Hannity” to say that he has asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to explain why a raid-style descent by 29 agents in tactical gear was carried out on longtime Trump acquaintance and Mueller probe target Roger Stone last Friday to effect his arrest for alleged white-collar crimes.

Graham said he sees the FBI’s actions as “over-the-top.”  “It seemed to be sending the wrong message,” Graham said.

“If they’re sending a message, I’m sending a message to them:  you’re accountable to the Congress,” Graham said of the FBI.  “They better answer my letter.”

Stone is accused of obstructing justice and lying to Congress in the course of Mueller’s probe of Russia “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russian influence on the U.S. 2016 election.

Asked about the wall President Trump wants constructed at the U.S.-Mexico border, Graham said he spoke with the president “ten minutes before” his appearance on the show and that “the wall is going to be built one way or another.”  In regard to ongoing negotiations with congressional Democrats for wall funding, Graham said the latter have “overplayed their hand.”

An impasse between Congress and the White House on December 21 resulted in a 35-day partial government shutdown which caused 25% of government employees to miss two paychecks and resulted in several airports shutting down last Friday due to reported short-staffing.

Closing the interview, speaking of Trump, Graham told congressional Republicans to “stand behind him.”

 

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