Amid growing fears about political violence in the United Statessenior Republican senator predicted ‘riots in the streets’ if Donald Trump is prosecuted for improper handling confidential information.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina made her remarks about the ex-president during a speech on Fox News’ Sunday Night in America, hosted by Trey Gowdy, a former Republican congressman from the same state.
Graham said: “Most Republicans, including me, believe that when it comes to Trump, there is no law. It’s all about having it. There is a double standard when it comes to Trump.
Alleging a failure by the FBI to investigate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden, Graham added, “I will say this, if there is a lawsuit against donald trump for mishandling classified information, after the Clinton debacle…there will be rioting in the streets.
As chair of a House committee, Gowdy investigated Hillary Clinton’s work as Secretary of State, including her handling of the attack on a US facility in Benghazi in 2012 and her use of a private mail server for government business. clinton has not been debited on the problem of e-mails.
Trump is being investigated and could be indicted for handling classified White House records he brought Mar-a-Lagohis home in Florida, in violation of federal law.
Trump used the raid to demand unfair treatment and stir up supporters. He is reportedly set to announce another run for the White House. He is eligible to do so because he escaped conviction in his second impeachment trial for incitement to attack the Capitol.
Graham’s remarks were widely condemned.
Law professor and former White House ethics chief Richard Painter spoke about the deadly attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol when he said“A senator who calls for ‘rioting in the streets’ if Trump is indicted should be kicked out of the Senate. It encourages to start again on January 6th.
Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass said the “prediction that violence could follow any pursuit of the former [president] may not legally qualify as incitement but it is still irresponsible as it will be perceived by some as a call for violence. Public officials are [obliged] to call for the rule of law.
Graham was on good terms with Biden when they were senators together, but his stubborn support for Trump has would have prompted the president to ice Graham. In his interview with Gowdy, he criticized Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, then returned to his theme.
Saying that as a “simple-minded guy” he thought “people want to be treated the same regardless of political ideology,” Gowdy asked about his guest’s own legal issues.
Graham is resisting attempts to force him to testify about his involvement in Trump’s attempt to reverse his 2020 election defeat by Biden in swing state Georgia.
Graham said, “If we let county prosecutors start calling senators and congressmen as witnesses when they do their jobs, we’re out of…constitutional balance here.
“I have a good legal record. I’m going to sue him… I love the law. I have never been more preoccupied with law and politics than I am right now.
He continued, “How can you tell a conservative Republican that the system works when it comes to Trump? … If they try to sue President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton installed a server in his basement, there will literally be riots in the streets. I worry about our country.
Trump indicated his approval, assignment video of Graham’s remarks to Truth Social, the platform Trump set up after he was suspended from Twitter following the Capitol attack.
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who became a Trump critic, predicted that there will indeed be violence if Trump is indicted.
“I see and hear these threats all the time,” he wrote. “But threats of violence should NEVER stop the pursuit of justice. NEVER. And you KNOW Lindsey. But you’re too cowardly to say that. Ashamed.”