Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pushed back after President Donald Trump put him on the spot with a suggestion that a senator or congress member should call former President Barack Obama to testify on what he knew about Lt. Gen. Michael Flynns case.
“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” he wrote in a Twitter post on Thursday morning. “He knew EVERYTHING.”
The president singled out Graham, the chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, to do it.
“Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!” he wrote.
Graham brushed aside Trumps suggestions, saying that its not wise for the country.
“As to the Judiciary Committee, both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other. If nothing else it would make for great television,” he stated. “However, I have great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”
Graham also suggested its inappropriate for the sitting president to accuse his predecessor during the CCP virus pandemic, or vice versa.
The Obama Foundation didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump feuded with Obama after a recently declassified document revealed several top Obama-era officials had made unmasking requests in intelligence reports that ended up identifying Flynn, Trumps former national security adviser.
Flynn resigned on Feb. 13, 2017, after he failed to inform then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence that he talked with former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak about the U.S. sanctions against Russia during his calls in December 2016.
Those calls were under FBI crosshairs at the time.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released the declassified list after receiving it from Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
The list contains names of recipients who may have received Flynns identity in response to a request processed between Nov. 8, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017, to unmask an identity that had been generically referred to in a National Security Agency foreign intelligence report.
The list of names include former Vice President Joe Biden, Obamas then-chief of staff Denis McDonough, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI director James Comey, and former CIA Director John Brennan.
In the course of monitoring communications with foreign officials, the conversations of U.S. citizens are at times incidentally collected by intelligence agencies. The identity of these people is usually redacted in transcripts or intelligence reports if theyre not the subject of surveillance. “Unmasking” refers to the process of revealing the name of the U.S. citizen.