Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham unveiled a batch of new documents and transcripts on Friday, revealing more information pertaining to both the origins and conclusion of the Trump-Russia probe. Graham’s mass declassification comes as members of his panel continue their investigatory efforts into the controversial handling of the three-year FBI investigation, which failed to conclude actual obstruction of power or collusion between President Trump and the Russian government. Graham’s investigation was motivated in-part by the failures of the original probe known as “Crossfire Hurricane” to find anything tying President Trump and his associates with suspected efforts by the Russian government to tamper with the results of the 2016 presidential election, calling it “one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ.”
Graham released transcripts connected to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation that were conducted between March 3rd and October 29th, 2020. In an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity, Graham mentioned on Friday that his committee has released much of the materials pertaining to the investigation, but quite a bit of material remains redacted and undisclosed. “I consider the Crossfire Hurricane investigation a massive system failure by senior leadership, but not representative of the dedicated, hardworking patriots who protect our nation every day at Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice,” Graham mentioned in a statement on Friday.
While Graham had harsh words for the politicization of the investigation by extremely partisan attorneys and investigators operating under Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he did thank all who willingly provided depositions during the probe. He cited that these sworn testimonies helped shed light upon the mismanaged nature of the probe, while also providing a path to reform the corrupted FISA system that warranted the initial investigation based on misinformation within the unverified, uncorroborated Steele Dossier.
“The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes,” Graham explained. “The subjects of the investigation had their lives turned upside down. It is my hope that counterintelligence investigations will be reined in and this never happens again in America.”
Graham voiced his harsh criticism against senior FBI leadership responsible for the origins of the controversial probe under former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, condemning their handling of the investigation as “grossly incompetent” and one in which they turned a blind eye to a tremendous amount of misdeeds. Graham also called the issuing of warrants via the Foreign Surveillance Act to Trump aides like Carter Page a “travesty”, noting that former DOJ officials like Salley Yates and Rod Rosenstein who signed the document “have acknowledged that if they knew then what they know now, they would not have signed it.”
Graham ultimately concluded that the basis for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was driven by partisan bias against the Trump administration, leading only to inconclusive findings. This as, Mueller’s three-year investigation produced zero evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials to influence the 2016 election.