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Graham Releases Russia Probe Docs, Slams Original Investigation As ‘Incompetent, Corrupt’

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EXCLUSIVE: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Friday released a slew of additional documents and transcripts related to his panel’s investigation into the origins and aftermath of the Trump-Russia probe, calling the original probe “one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ.”

The first investigation – which looked into whether members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the election – was called “Crossfire Hurricane” Graham, the senior Republican senator from South Carolina, released transcripts of interviews with FBI and Justice Department officials conducted by the committee, between March 3, 2020 and October 29, 2020.

“I consider the Crossfire Hurricane investigation a massive system failure by senior leadership, but not representative of the dedicated, hardworking patriots who protect our nation every day at Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice,” Graham said in a statement Friday, saying his committee has released “as much material as possible,” but noted that “some classified material has still been withheld.”

Calling the “Crossfire Hurricane” operation “one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and DOJ,” Graham also said he “appreciates all those who participated in the depositions and their candor. “They have charted a path to allow us to reform the system.”

“The FISA court was lied to. Exculpatory information was withheld on those being investigated. The investigators, with some notable exceptions, were incredibly biased and used the powers of law enforcement for political purposes,” Graham said. “The subjects of the investigation had their lives turned upside down. It is my hope that counterintelligence investigations will be reined in and this never happens again in America.”

Graham slammed the leadership of the FBI under former Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying it was “either grossly incompetent” or said  “they knowingly allowed tremendous misdeeds.”

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