WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham said Monday that he will ask Attorney General William Barr to appoint a second special counsel to look into reports of anti-Trump bias at the FBI and Department of Justice.
“What I want to do is see if he’ll appoint a special counsel,” Graham (R-S.C.) said at a news conference.
He went on to explain: “I’d like to find somebody like a Mr. Mueller, that could look into what happened with the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant, what happened with the counterintelligence investigation.”
Graham said he would speak with Barr on the phone today at noon EDT.
Barr sent a letter to Graham and other key lawmakers on Capitol Hill Sunday that said Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials during his 22-month investigation.
In his letter Barr said that while Mueller’s report did not uncover any evidence that President Donald Trump may have broken the law, “it also does not exonerate him.”
Barr said he will confer with DoJ as to what aspects of the report can be made public.
Graham said he would like Barr to testify before the committee.
“What’s next, I hope, is that he’ll come to the committee, release as much as possible of the Mueller report.”
When asked if Mueller should testify, Graham said he would defer to Barr to make that decision.
Democrats have insisted that Mueller’s full report be made public. They have questioned Barr’s ability to be impartial and have pointed to the report’s failure to exonerate Trump as reason for further inquiry.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has said that he, like Graham, would like Barr to testify about the report.
During the investigation, Trump stringently denied allegations of collusion and repeatedly called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”
On Sunday Trump pointed to the findings of the report as vindication, tweeting: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”