Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has made a decision to look into Obama administration era scandals.
Those scandals include the FBI’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton email scandal, and the FISA warrant applications that targeted Trump campaign aide Carter Page, The Hill reported.
Democratic Senator Dick Durban of Illinois questioned Graham’s plans, and compared it to the “thrilling days of yesteryear.”
“This is going to be like the History Channel it turns out. Instead of taking a look at the current issues, Lindsey Graham wants to go back and answer important questions about the Bermuda Triangle and Hillary Clinton,” Durbin told The Hill.
Durbin stated that he is “concerned” about Graham’s plans but that “you know there is that question about Jimmy Carter which he probably wants to ask.”
Another member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said that he believes Graham should “investigate Benghazi some more too.”
Graham has already begun to cut deals with members of the committee, including helping to draft legislation with Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) that would aid in the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired without “good cause.” That bill is opposed by many of Graham’s fellow Republicans.
Coons, a member of the Judiciary Committee, encouraged Graham to tread carefully, adding that “it depends how divisive partisan topics are approached.”
“It is possible for the Judiciary Committee to remain a highly functional committee even while tackling controversial topics,” Coons said according to The Hill.
Asked if he was saying Graham should focus on more bipartisan areas first, he added that “I think that would be a more constructive way to start, I’ll simply put it that way.”
Graham won his seat as committee chair after he became the face of the Republican fight to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh near the end of 2018.
Graham accused Democrats of trying to “destroy this guy’s life” after sexual assault allegations surfaced against Kavanaugh.