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Sen. Graham: Trump Jr. should refuse to answer during Senate’s Russia investigation

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., presides over a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., presides over a hearing on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) AP

After South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham advised president Donald Trump’s son to use his rights to avoid answering questions from Congress, #LindseyGrahamResign began trending on Twitter Tuesday.

Speaking to a group of reporters Monday, Graham said Donald Trump Jr. should use his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to keep from answering questions posed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to reports from the Washington Post and the New York Times.

“You just show up and plead the Fifth and it’s over with,” said Republican Graham, according to the newspapers.

Graham also said Trump Jr.’s lawyer would “have to be an idiot” if he let the president’s eldest son testify.

Trump Jr. was subpoenaed as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference. The president’s namesake backed out of two scheduled interviews ahead of time, leading to the subpoena, according to the Associated Press.

Sunday, Graham appeared on Fox Business, saying that Trump Jr. should ignore the subpoena all together.

“If I were Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, I would tell him he doesn’t need to go back into this environment anymore,” Graham said on the show. “You’ve been here for hours and hours and hours. ... I’d call it a day.”

Super PAC The Democratic Coalition began Tweeting the hashtag #LindseyGrahamResign Monday night. The phrase began trending on the social media platform by Tuesday morning, with about 52,800 tweets by 9:30 a.m..

Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham argue about whether Robert Mueller should testify before the committee about Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.
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