Graham: IG report hurts FBI credibility

Sen. Lindsey Graham said that revelations in a newly released Justice Department report about the 2016 election have crippled the credibility of department and the FBI.

Posted: Jun 17, 2018 1:28 AM
Updated: Jun 17, 2018 1:28 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday that revelations in a newly released Justice Department report about the 2016 election have "crippled" the credibility of the department and the FBI.

He added that disclosures such as text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that suggest they would block Donald Trump from winning the 2016 election have made Graham reconsider whether there was political bias in the FBI at the time of several sensitive investigations.

"Here's the point you got to get," the South Carolina Republican said on an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour." "Just back up. The institutions are crippled. If you don't believe that the average American is going to think that the FBI is far more political than they ever believed, that's crazy," Graham said.

The Justice Department's inspector general released a sweeping report Thursday detailing a series of failures by the top federal officials in charge of the investigation ahead of the election, concluding that the FBI's actions ultimately "cast a cloud" over the bureau and senior leaders did lasting damage to the FBI's reputation.

"I think most people will take from this, particularly the Republicans ... that the institutions investigating President Trump took a real blow here," Graham said.

Graham also notes that while the newly released report is separate from the Russia investigation, it calls into question the credibility of the people on that team. Strzok worked briefly for special counsel Robert Mueller but was removed from that office after other politically charged texts came to light. Thursday's report did not address whether Strzok's political views affected the Russia investigation -- that is for another report still to come. Strzok told the Inspector General that he "did not take any steps to try to affect the outcome of the presidential election," according to the report.

"The people that were showing bias against the President were also part of the initial Russia investigation. But you'd be kidding yourself if you think this doesn't do a lot of damage to the institution that are now looking at the President," Graham said.

When asked if the report proved there was not a "deep state" conspiracy, Graham said the report made him reconsider.

"I didn't buy into this stuff. That you know, all these people are out to get Trump. There's enough evidence now to prove to me that the FBI needs to be looked at really closely," he said.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 603966

Reported Deaths: 7611
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1248011773
Ramsey52461895
Dakota46789470
Anoka42717458
Washington27397290
Stearns22550224
St. Louis18128312
Scott17543134
Wright16403148
Olmsted13388102
Sherburne1200194
Carver1066148
Clay825592
Rice8186110
Blue Earth762343
Crow Wing681594
Kandiyohi667285
Chisago619552
Otter Tail585684
Benton582998
Goodhue483473
Douglas475381
Mower470733
Winona461151
Itasca458963
Isanti439764
McLeod429861
Morrison424462
Nobles407950
Beltrami407360
Steele397616
Polk389072
Becker386555
Lyon363853
Carlton352756
Freeborn346932
Pine335023
Nicollet331045
Mille Lacs311454
Brown307840
Le Sueur297125
Cass285832
Todd285632
Meeker263042
Waseca237823
Martin234932
Roseau211021
Wabasha20783
Hubbard196041
Dodge18773
Renville182446
Redwood176338
Houston174616
Cottonwood167124
Wadena162723
Fillmore157410
Faribault154319
Chippewa153938
Pennington153820
Kanabec146828
Sibley146810
Aitkin138737
Watonwan13589
Rock128719
Jackson122612
Pipestone116626
Yellow Medicine114920
Pope11296
Murray107010
Swift106918
Koochiching94917
Stevens92411
Clearwater89116
Marshall88717
Wilkin83112
Lake83020
Lac qui Parle75622
Big Stone6044
Grant5938
Lincoln5843
Mahnomen5669
Norman5479
Kittson49022
Unassigned48093
Red Lake4017
Traverse3755
Lake of the Woods3453
Cook1720

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 370754

Reported Deaths: 6042
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk58203638
Linn21197339
Scott20297246
Black Hawk16085312
Woodbury15232230
Johnson1461185
Dubuque13502211
Dallas1128999
Pottawattamie11219174
Story1070948
Warren583791
Clinton561493
Cerro Gordo553593
Sioux516974
Webster515294
Muscatine4878106
Marshall486576
Des Moines466970
Wapello4335122
Buena Vista426940
Jasper421072
Plymouth402981
Lee381956
Marion366076
Jones300857
Henry294237
Bremer287860
Carroll286852
Boone268534
Crawford268440
Benton259655
Washington257051
Dickinson249444
Mahaska232351
Jackson225242
Clay216627
Kossuth216166
Tama211771
Delaware210943
Winneshiek198135
Page194522
Buchanan193433
Cedar192123
Hardin187444
Fayette186543
Wright185840
Hamilton181851
Harrison179973
Clayton171057
Butler166035
Madison164619
Mills163324
Floyd163042
Cherokee159438
Lyon158841
Poweshiek157036
Allamakee152552
Hancock150134
Iowa149824
Winnebago144431
Cass139155
Calhoun138913
Grundy137133
Emmet135841
Jefferson133535
Shelby131437
Sac130820
Union129935
Louisa129649
Appanoose129049
Mitchell126643
Chickasaw124617
Franklin123323
Guthrie123132
Humboldt119526
Palo Alto113523
Howard104922
Montgomery103638
Clarke100924
Keokuk96432
Monroe96230
Unassigned9560
Ida91535
Adair87332
Pocahontas85822
Davis85225
Monona82931
Osceola78916
Greene78011
Lucas77923
Worth7598
Taylor66712
Fremont6269
Decatur6159
Ringgold56324
Van Buren56318
Wayne54423
Audubon53310
Adams3444
Rochester
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 81°
Mason City
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 81°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 81°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 80°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 80°
Strong thunderstorms possible on Thursday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Care Center Contains COVID-19 Outbreak

Image

Howard Co Fair Queen Competition

Image

HAZMAT TRAINING

Image

Mighty Howard County fair coming up

Image

Ditches aren't ashtrays

Image

Ditches aren't ashtrays

Image

Minnesota, Iowa Experience Drought Conditions

Image

Summer Heat Safety

Image

Gun activists want the minimum age to carry to be lowered.

Image

Using heart monitors to detect COVID-19

Community Events