As the dust settled Monday on the Mueller probe’s final curtain-closing, Republicans in Washington swung from defense to offense, calling for new deep-dives into a cast of characters who started and fueled the lengthy Russia-conspiracy chase.
A day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller exonerated President Trump from claims that he colluded with Russia to win his election, his spokespersons, lawyers and partisan advocates blanketed the airwaves and the Internet with demands for Obama administration officials and Justice Department insiders to face their own scrutiny.
‘If we’re all serious about getting to the truth and not just scoring political points,’ a senior White House official told DailyMail.com on Monday, ‘you really have to be willing to investigate the investigators after something this far-reaching falls apart.’
Senior Trump aides Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Sanders blanketed the airwaves Monday morning with similar recommendations. Conway called for Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign.
But James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, Loretta Lynch, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and other current and former government officials went from heroes to potential villains in the blink of a political news cycle when South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke to the press.
Graham vowed in a press conference that he would use his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee to peel apart the layers of the 22-month Mueller probe and what preceded it.
That, he said, includes the uncorroborated, Democrat-funded dossier of anti-Trump research that led the Justice Department to dig into alleged Trump-Russia ties, and the DOJ’s use of its contents to get a surveillance warrant on Trump a campaign adviser.
‘The FISA warrant issued against Carter Page based on a dossier prepared by Christopher Steele is at a minimum disturbing,’ said Graham, a staunch Trump ally. ‘Whether or not it’s illegal, I don’t yet know, so I’m going to get answers to this.’
‘If no one else cares, it seems to me Republicans do, and that’s sad … if the shoe were on the other foot it would be front page news all over the world,’ he said.
Graham also vowed to dig into an infamous June 2016 airport tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and Lynch, then President Barack Obama’s attorney general.
Clinton and Lynch have both denied discussing the counterintelligence investigation that targeted Hillary Clinton at the time. But then-FBI Director Comey announced just a week later that he had refused to recommend criminally prosecuting Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information on her private email server.
The mood in Washington was summed up Monday by an editorial written 430 miles away and published in the Boston Herald.
‘The Mueller report is in. The president is vindicated. Now it is time to investigate the investigators,’ the editorial read.
‘Democrats and the media will show little interest in such an investigation but that is of no matter. History will outlive the activists on CNN and it is our responsibility to shed light on the motives behind the machinations to undermine a duly elected president.’
House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office responded Monday afternoon to Conway’s demand that Schiff should resign.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, David Martosko