Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday brushed back President Donald Trump’s pleas for the Judiciary Committee chairman to haul in former President Barack Obama for testimony about the origins of the Russia investigation and the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Michael Flynn.
Just moments after Trump appealed directly to the South Carolina Republican on Twitter, Graham reiterated that he does not intend to call Obama before his committee — and he warned of the precedent such an action would set.
“I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for. Just be careful what you wish for.” [emphasis: Peanut Gallery]
…Trump’s position on seeking Obama’s testimony directly conflicts with arguments put forward by his own Justice Department in efforts to block Congress from interviewing his former White House counsel, Don McGahn. In a lengthy justification for the decision to block McGahn from testifying, the department argued that former presidents and their advisers are just as protected from compelled testimony to Congress as they were while in office.