President Donald Trump may not be under investigation, but he could be the first president “to go down” because he “can’t stop inappropriately talking” about an investigation that could ultimately clear him, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told CBS News.
The comments from South Carolina’s senior senator came Sunday on “Face the Nation,” where Graham discussed whether Trump was vindicated by testimony last week from fired FBI director James Comey. He called the back-and-forth between Trump and Comey “a wrestling match.”
“Every time you tweet about Comey, it’s almost like, ‘Wait for the next wrestling match between Comey and Trump,’” Graham said, suggesting that the feud between the two is getting in the way of the president carrying out his agenda. “... You may be the first president in history to go down because you can’t stop inappropriately talking about an investigation that, if you just were quiet, would clear you.”
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Comey testified that Trump told him he hoped Comey would drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and that he leaked a memo to the press about one of their meetings out of concern for the president lying about the nature of their meetings. Trump later responded, saying, “Some of the things that he said just weren’t true.”
Graham, who is leading the Senate Judiciary Committee probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, noted Comey’s testimony that Trump is not under investigation, and said he sees no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“He doesn’t believe he did anything wrong with the Russians, and I tend to believe him,” Graham said. “He can’t collude with his own government; why do you think he’s colluding with the Russians?”
Graham said there is “a lynch mob mentality” about the Trump administration in the press, and that his tweets feed that lynch mob.
“You’re your own worst enemy here, Mr. President,” he said. “Knock it off.”