Senator Rand Paul Calls-Out Chairman Lindsey Graham for Doing Nothing Except Protecting the “Deep State”…

Finally….. Senator Rand Paul directly calls-out Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for doing absolutely NOTHING.  At a certain point it becomes necessary to accept willful blindness for what it is…. Senator Graham wants to protect the Deep State more than Senator Graham wants to protect a constitutional republic.

It’s worth noting that Senator Rand Paul’s statement comes out at the same time Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will support the impeachment of President Trump as soon as the articles reach the Senate for trial.

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242 Responses to Senator Rand Paul Calls-Out Chairman Lindsey Graham for Doing Nothing Except Protecting the “Deep State”…

  1. bullnuke says:

    Lindsey 2.0 was a fake and people fell for it.

    Liked by 17 people

    • 56packardman says:

      Miss Lindsey started to stray away from the Uniparty line during the Kavanaugh hearings. Then McVAIN reached up from hell & collared Miss Lindsey & that was the end of that!

      Liked by 4 people

      • JunkerGeorg says:

        Do not forget that Kavanaugh came from the Bushite line of things. So Graham going to bat for him was not really straying from his NeoCon Establishment lane.

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        • Heika says:

          Spot on, the fine details matter here. Just because we saw Lindsay grow a pair in that case – really means nothing as we have seen since. He is just a smoke screen man.

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          • Dutchman says:

            He didn’t “grow a pair”, at the end of Kavanaugh, he saw a political opportunity, and BEING a political opportunist, he TOOK it.
            He had a national spotlight, and a microphone, and a finely honed sense of what WE wanted to hear SOMEONE, ….ANYONE say out loud and right to their faces.

            Now, the Democrats he SAID (in that 2 minute free advertising campaign speech) he never wanted to see in power, within 2 weeks he was working WIRH them, on a National Red letter law, and mind you this was PRIOR to the recent spate of shootings, so there was no special urgency.

            Yet, this was a BIGGER priorityfor him that holding hearings, to “get to the bottom of Spygate”, which he TALKS about, but never seems to get around to.

            And, you see how tenuos Paul was, about actually critisising Graham.

            It remindedme of Ratcliff, explaining why he withdrew his nomination. He madeit very clear, it was because GRAHAM and MCCONNELL made it clear they would NOT support his nomination.

            Even a libertarian maverick like Paul is SCARED to directly critisiseGraham or McConnell.

            Make no mistake; when a mitt or s.collins votes ‘against party line’, its because Mitch tells them to.
            HE has ABSOLUTE control. Look at recess appointments.

            Not ONE Senator, which is ALL it takes, will vote to recess.

            NONE of them want to cross Mitch or Lindsey.
            And Mitch and Lindsey are protecting the coupists in the,Deep state, because mitch and lindsey are COMPLICIT.

            It wasn’t JUST the,Dems on SSCI and G of 8, it was Republicons too.

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            • Julian says:

              So why doesn’t President Trump back RINO challengers against McConnell & Graham??

              He would destroy these two RINOs in 2020.

              And don’t tell me it’s because Trump is “fearful” or “scared” of these two nincompoops.

              Trump is fearless – and from these two feckless nincompoops has absolutely nothing to fear.

              So what is it? Why the hesitation?

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              • Julian says:

                I’m an idiot. That should be “RINO Murderers”.

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              • Julian says:

                That should be “RINO Killers”

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              • Chip Doctor says:

                Julian, it isn’t hesitation, it is timing. President Trump is not a hesitant leader. There is a high stakes game of chicken being played out. Graham and McConnell hold the convict and remove card while PT holds the prison card. The DS holds the “burn it down” card. Everyone has leverage and is using it for all the marbles.

                This is why PT has to let things run their course with Horowitz and Barr/Durham play out without his forcing declassification. He has to keep his hands “clean”. Remember Horowitz was an Obama appointee.

                It will be interesting to see how this all plays out timing wise.

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              • Chip Doctor says:

                Julian, it isn’t hesitation, it is timing. President Trump is not a hesitant leader. There is a high stakes game of chicken being played out. Graham and McConnell hold the convict and remove card while PT holds the prison card. The DS holds the “burn it down” card. Everyone has leverage and is using it for all the marbles.

                This is why PT has to let things run their course with Horowitz and Barr/Durham play out without his forcing declassification. He has to keep his hands “clean”. Remember Horowitz was an Obama appointee.

                It will be interesting to see how this all plays out timing wise.

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              • Dutchman says:

                No, its not ‘fear’. I don’t ‘fear’ rattlesnakes, electricity or fire.
                But I have a healthy RESPECT for them, and the damage they can do, if I am careless.

                Watch how Paul talks about Graham, even Tucker. Review the Radcliff clip, where he explains withdrawing his nomination as DNI.

                McConnell and Graham have a great deal of power (too much).
                Like a high voltage line, or a nest of vipers, you approach and ‘mess with’ using extreme caution and considerable peril.

                Secondly, ‘leaders’ is deceptive. A true leader knows he can only take his followers where they are willing to go, or put another way,…where they already ARE, he just expresses out loud, in actions and words, what THEY are thinking and feeling.

                ENOUGH of us Deplorables have to truly ‘get it’ that the SSCI, and the,Republicon leadership in Congress is the heart of the swamp, before he can act.
                So that when he goes into S.Carolina and Kentucky and supports primary challengers to Lindsey and Mitch, the Deplorable voters there are saying/thinking “YES, its about TIME!”
                RATHER than saying/thinking “Hold it, what is he DOING?

                A leader can not get out too far ahead of his followers, or he loses them.

                Initially, I was in favor of Bannons efforts to primary Repub incumbents in 2018, and disappointed PDJT didn’t back primary challengers.

                But, I think the timing wasn’t right. Also, the way the Uniparty responded to Bannons effort by discrediting it using R.Moore, and the earlier Uniparty effort to undermine the Tea party, shows how the Uniparty realises primary challengers are a threat, and they will pull out ALL the stops, ALL their dirty tricks, to counter.

                The analogy of a cornered and desperate animal comes to mind.

                Personally, I am there, and have BEEN there, since 2016. But, honestly was the ELECTORATE there,…are they there NOW?

                And, is PDJT ready to engage in OPEN warfare, with the Congressional Republican leadership, in the runup to the 2020 elections?

                I THINK so,…I HOPE so, but,…you only get one shot, to take out the king. And McConnell and the cabal of Republicons ARE extremely powerful, and therefore dangerous, like a power line, of fire, or nest of vipers.

                PDJT is a master of timing. Very patient and persistent. He HAS expressed SOME critisism of Congressional Repoublican leadership, but mostly he is letting their actions and inactions expose their true nature to Deplorable voters.

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                • Issy says:

                  You are right. As much as I would like for him to, this is the political part of Trump I don’t like, but I understand he doesn’t have a choice…right now. I don’t think he will before the election in 2020 either, but those up for reelection in 2022 might want to be very careful.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  I don’t know about that. Only PDJT knows the timing, but at SOME point, he IS going to go into open warfare with the Repub Congressional leadership; he HAS to.

                  Probably, as with Dems, the Repubs will be ‘triggered’ by DJT’s actions, to the point of exposing their true nature.

                  Its when ENOUGH of ‘us Deplorables’ recognise all the signs, and quit buying ‘the party of stupid’ narrative, and REJECT the Republicons.
                  A leader can only lead, where his followers are ready to go .

                  No recess appointments, sticking PDJT with traitors in his admin, not vigorously defending the President, being obviously corrupt, seeing in the Congressional choir “Mueller is an honorable man’,..and now attempting to dictate foriegn policy, to STAY in endless wars, and McConnell and Graham threatening to impeach if he withdraws our troops!

                  At SOME point, the “RepubliCAN voters need to collectively WAKE up, and reject these Conmunist quisling, elitist globalist hacks, who are doing everything they can to stall the MAGA agenda, preserve the status quo, protect the small group, etc.

                  When “WE”, collectively, are READY, ….THEN PDJT can move into open warfare, and either PURGE the Grand Old Party, or form a new “America First Party”.

                  It could still be before the 2020 election, as the Republicons are coming out of stealth mode, more clearly every day.

                  And remember, a stealth fighter, without its stealth,….is just another airplane. Itcan easily be shot down.

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        • That’s hard to forget… for some.

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      • elizabethraynorshort says:

        Miss Lindsey is No Name’s “protege” and he can’t get away from his ridiculous chicken hawk neocon warmongering at any cost stance. Maybe it would help POTUS, USA and us if he came out of the closet since the door is wide open anyway.

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      • dd_sc says:

        More like Feinstein reminded him who’s actually in charge.

        There’s a reason(s) she left the SSCI and came over to judiciary. The “small group” needed someone on that committee.

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    • Ernie Hemway says:

      A rather ominous tweet from Senator Grassley this evening:

      All of the delays and excuses why the Horowitz IG FISA report isn’t public yet after several months of anticipation of its issues leads me to the suspicion it’s going to be “deep six”

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      • elizabethraynorshort says:

        No one should be thinking anything will comefro m SES Horowitz’s report. He has no law enforcement power. Critical is Durham and he and Barr seem to be conducting a proper criminal investigation into the right people. We will only know from the content of any (hopefully) indictments and evidence in court. If this doesn’t happen, then all is lost.

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    • Hoosier_Friend? says:

      McCain died or was put to death. I understand that it takes time to figure out who you are after such a powerful and untoward influence in your life dies or is put to death.

      Lindsey has chosen poorly. His time in the barrel is coming. And right soon.

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    • GP says:

      I never, ever, for one second fell for it. Some people just never learn. And I thought it very strange that, seemingly out of no where, Chuck Grassley gave up his Chairmanship of the Judiciary to Ms Lindsey

      Now I know why

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      • Kaco says:

        I never fell for it either. Just like some people on here were calling for Nikki Haley next president after her thumbs down at the U.N. Some people fall for one action or the show, it seems, and that’s all it takes. I’m sure those same people don’t support her now, but why the extreme praises in the first place when we all know their histories? Graham was still Grahamnesty all throughout the Kavanaugh hearings as well.

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    • Singular says:

      I didn’t fall for it. Never trusted him.

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    • oodeluph says:

      After listening to the interview and even allowing a grading curve for the ubiquitous nature of “government speak”, all I heard was a verbal shrug of the shoulders from Paul. “Only Graham has the power to act” speaks volumes about the lengths to which the Senate’s GOP members are unwilling to go to hold Graham’s feet to the fire.
      When Paul says of Graham “I’m sure he wants to get to the bottom of all this” nothing that follows has any meaning. If Graham wanted to get to the bottom of it, he would have. The trouble is that Graham has made a career out of “promises made, promises ignored” yet his reward is continued power. And all we get is lip music.

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  2. lettruthspeak says:

    South Carolinians, do your duty.

    Liked by 15 people

    • bullnuke says:

      Been trying for a while. Way too many ran against in the last primary election and he won.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Fish and hunt says:

        Exactly. If he’s primaried by 1-2 people, there is a chance. He’s not popular here, hasnt been for a long while. I’ll never vote for him again

        Liked by 7 people

        • Dutchman says:

          Splitter strategy. If an incumbent is ‘unpopular’, he’s still going to get 40%, just on name recognition.

          One opponent in primary, he loses, 40-60.
          So, 3 candidates against him, they ‘split’ the opposition votes, so he hets 40, they each get some PART of the 60, he skates.

          40-15-20-25, he keeps his seat. The local party is all grateful or beholden to him, and will work to keep him in office, rest assured.

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          • Julian says:

            Well it is up to President Trump to nominate and endorse Primary challengers for exactly the reason you point out.

            No one else can unify the base around any particular Primary challenger.

            I mean surely that is obvious to everyone?

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            • beach lover says:

              Exactly. The President needs to have a little come to Jesus moment with Lindsey in private.

              I voted against Graham in the primary last time.. but had to support him in the general. He likes having Trump’s ear, but he better be very careful how he is dragging his feet on his outright support, and outrage against the Dims.

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              • steph_gray says:

                As said above, it’s timing.

                The President’s endorsements kept the Senate from falling into DementoRat paws in 2018, remember?

                I hope Brad Parsquale will work to make sure PDJT endorsements are clear, widely publicized, and timed for maximum effect.

                I hope the endorsements are ringing for the few R’s on the side of MAGA, and introductory/strong for MAGA primary opponents of the worst swamp RINOs. The endorsements should include some well-placed jabs at the worst DementoRats and worst RINOs (Graham is now in that category). VSG can’t take on the entire enemy at once in a single election, but he can use the bully pulpit to educate the public on the very worst, and sweep those powerful coattails as widely as possible.

                It’s also our job to watch and keep track of his endorsements. I did that in the last election and donated small amounts wherever I could to help. Because I live in a solid blue moonbat area, it was about the best I could do…

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            • Dutchman says:

              Yes, and timing is everything. Bannons effort was too soon, and IMHO the 2022 midterms too late,….so it HAS to be 2020.

              PDJT needs to cut loose the ball and chain of Republicon Congressional leadership, stymying his efforts, for his second term.

              Quite possibly this Biden corruption thing is the device.
              Does anyone really thing only DEMS like Biden and Durbin were raking in the cash, from Ukraine and China, etc.?

              How much were Graham. MCstain, McConnell raking in, in order to play possum as Obama transformed America int a 3rd world shitehole?

              Looking at their net worth, PLENTY. Perhaps THAT is the ‘device’ for cleaning the deepest, darkest heart of the swamp; expose corruption ‘without fear or favor’, wherever it leads, so its STARTS with Biden and Clinton, and ‘oops’ it LEADS to McConnell and Graham.

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      • dd_sc says:

        6 challengers last primary; none of them could get any traction.

        Add to that SC has open primaries, so center left Democrats can cross over to vote for their favorite RINO.

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  3. Zorro says:

    Songbird is so proud.

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  4. Doesn’t want to get re-elected or being blackmailed or both.

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  5. Zy says:

    There’s the Democommies, there’s the MSMDNC propagandists, then on the bottom is Ms. Lindsey.

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  6. Rckymtn says:

    so LG said he would vote to impeach Trump?

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    • listingstarboard says:

      I had not heard that-jeez that is a green light for Republican Senators

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      • delighteddeplorable says:

        News to me, too. Miss Lindsey is definitely unreliable (understatement) but I didn’t think he would stoop that low. Good grief.

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        • Phflipper says:

          It is just MHO but LG seems to be compromised, lining up to avoid being tossed aside into accountability by his benefactors. Lindsey has an (R) behind his name, he knows when to line up, or face accountability.

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        • Dutchman says:

          I have been posting here for months and months, that Lindsey, Mitch, the Republicons in control have WANTED to impeach PDJT, since inaugeration day.

          THATS what the whole ‘insurance policy’ and Mueller investigation was all about; to try to find an excuse for Republicons in Senate to justify doing what they so WANT to do.

          Remove PDJT from the Oval office. So, insurance policy was 2 parts; lower PDJT’s popularity (with us; ERODE his support).

          That was the leak campaign with compliant media.

          Second, get him to fire Mueller, which WOULD have given Republicons the excuse.

          That was the focus, all along.
          REPUBLICONS, not Dems.

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          • Most of us are aware of UNIPARTY Dutch, but reminders are necessary from time to time and for newbies.

            I’ve shared for 20 years now that the real control is in the neocon rino’s dirty hands… they lay back and pretend to be the party of “adults” when all they are is “good cop” for “bad cop”.

            All I can say at this point is that I sure hope Term Two is as explosive as it needs to be.

            It certainly stands the chance of it!

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            • Dutchman says:

              Yes, they have done a thorough job of promoting ‘the party of stupid’ lie, bit they have come to rely on it too much.

              Incompetence, stupidity, etc. simply can NOT excuse or explain away their lack of support, and undermining of PDJT, MAGA and US.

              He has caused Dem face to reveal its true nature, and now, more and more Repubs are being forced, by action and inaction, to reveal themselves as same.
              Second term will be glorious.

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    • Fish and hunt says:

      If quid pro quo is proven he said he’d consider it

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      • steph_gray says:

        Oh. All righty then.

        Quid Pro Quo in our VSGPDJT’s case did NOT happen and will NEVER be proven.

        Still no question Linda G is a 🐍.

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        • treehouseron says:

          Steph unfortunately that’s not how this works. Sundance is correct in saying that Lindsey will vote for Impeachment.
          Lindsey said if you show me a crime, sure I’ll vote for impeachment. The entire ‘impeachment’ is bullshit and yet here Lindsey is giving it credibility. He will give similar credibility to whatever nonsense ‘proof’ they come up with of a crime. He will absolutely vote to impeach Trump if given the opportunity.

          The good news is though, it’s not going to get to that, because Trump is smarter than 10 of them combined.

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    • jus wundrin says:

      “May” support, according to the USA today article, Not sure why SD used ‘will’. Gives LG some more fence sitting wiggle room.

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    • albertus magnus says:

      He didnt say that, he has just failed to follow through his empty threats to investigate DeepState.

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    • The USA Today article linked in this story quoted Senator Graham as saying “sure” he would consider impeachment along with the caveats, “show me something that is a crime” and “if you show me that [President] Trump was actually engaging in a quid pro quo outside of the phone call, that would be very disturbing.” Senator Graham did NOT say he would unequivocally vote to impeach POTUS. I’m not necessarily a Senator Graham supporter or detractor but rather a curious observer of his reluctance to operate the levers available to Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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      • treehouseron says:

        Despicable Me, this is nonsense. How you don’t see Lindsey’s duplicity in this is amazing. Yes, he said if you show him the evidence he’ll vote to impeach, so they’ll just make up evidence. He knows this.

        They just made up the impeachment proceedings without a vote.
        They made up a telephone conversation.
        They made up quid-pro-quo…

        And you don’t think they can make up enough evidence to give spineless bastards like Lindsey Graham cover?

        If you’re giving Lindsey Graham the benefit of the doubt, you’re illustrating to us all why republicans lose so often.

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        • Despicable Me says:

          treehouseron,

          Where did I say or even infer that I thought Senator Graham wasn’t being duplicitous? I was commenting on fragmented quotes attributed to him in ONE news article and was certainly not making a statement concerning the totality of Senator Graham’s public record. If I am giving Senator Graham the benefit of the doubt it is only because I am aware of how much effort the media expends trying to diminish and isolate POTUS by exacerbating ruptures or perceived ruptures between POTUS and those who have supported or occasionally supported POTUS when mutual interests intersect.

          Concerning making things up, those opposed to POTUS have been imposing their fiction on POTUS and his supporters (like you just did on me) since even before POTUS started seriously exploring a run for the Presidency. They always have, currently are and will continue to do so. So, no, although I am angered by, I am not surprised by the amateurish fabrications concerning POTUS that we are reading and hearing from those who are succumbing to impeachment fever.

          Senator Graham is what he is….a politician. That means he can be expected to bend to whichever direction the political winds are blowing strongest at the moment. It would seem that the impeachment winds are blowing strongest presently. However POTUS who thankfully is not a politician appears to be an unbending and unyielding oak in the midst of the impeachment storm which leads me to conclude that he knows quite a bit more about this than me, you and Senator Graham combined.

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          • TPW says:

            Treehouseron……makes a good point……Graham giving any credibility to this whole impeachment farce. by stating the what if game…….is just as bad as an actual vote to allow a trail in the Senate. If McConnell had any decency or honesty…..he could cut the legs right out from under Pelosi and Schiff by declaring the truth and revealing what is going on. He would state that there will not be hearings/trail in the Senate because the whole impeachment thing is a scam. By leaving the call for a trail in the Senate open he is giving their scam investigations credibility where he knows none is deserved. To me its the same as when certain Republicans rushed to declare Mueller an “honest broker” a man of integrity blah blah…..gave the SC investigation credibility…….My own Representative Bradley Byrne went right along with leadership in repeating that crap…..which I called him out own …..now he ignores me totally. These people we send up there are set straight real quick by Uniparty that they will have no power as long as they go against them.

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    • Proud American from Texas says:

      Not based on the transcript. Quid pro quo based on other info would be necessary.
      Click on the article “he will support” in red. Even the title of the article makes it clear he’d consider it, if quid pro quo was proven. He’s stated the transcript is not a quid pro quo.
      Not sure why the kerfuffle just yet.

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    • Uncharacteristically SD linked to an article that really said nothing to impugne LG. LG was quoted basically saying he would vote if there is real proof. But maybe I’m not reading between the lines very well.

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    • richard verney says:

      No he did not say that.

      He said that if there was evidence of a crime, he would entertain impeachment. In other words, if there was evidence of a crime, he would not throw out the impeachment, without first considering the evidemce.

      PS. I am not a Graham fan, and I have been concerned for a long long time, that he has not used his subpoena powers to get to the bottom of Russiagate and Spygate. Clearly he has not been doing his job, and like others, I consider that he is protecting the deep State.

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  7. H.R. says:

    Take a lesson from the Japanese, Miss Lindsay, and exit your office with the appropriate honor.

    Spit!

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  8. 56packardman says:

    I don’t always agree with Rand Paul but he has been spot-on recently, his call-out of Miss Lindsey being a case in point. Being roughed up & injured (badly enough to require surgery) by the Leftists made the scales fall from his eyes. Unlike many under the GOP tent, Rand Paul doesn’t lack courage.

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    • That’s bull. If rand doesn’t lack courage, where are our recess appointments? It only takes one Senator. They are all the same.

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      • Senator Paul actually has made very little noise about Spygate and the FISA abuses.
        You would have thought he would have been howling abut the abuse. He predicted it.
        A couple of weeks ago he seemed to concede that the President was doing a little quid pro quo, but that so were the democrats, and Paul was not going to tolerate a double standard.

        The President is going to have use all of the coup/big ugly stuff as a counter punch in the impeachment trial just to save his presidency, and perhaps to assure his reelection.
        The President will not go on the offense.
        That, too, is one of the President’s faults, or a reality check on his power.
        Similarly, Robert E.Lee was a brilliant General, but he never could effectively go on the offensive.

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    • Deception Stinks says:

      Rand spot-on, 56? He joined fellow Republican Senators* to end the President’s Emergency Declaration Pentagon funding for the border wall. The other usual, disloyal senators are: *Senators Lamar Alexander (TN), Roy Blunt (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Mike Lee (UT), Jerry Moran (KS), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), Pat Toomey (PA) and Roger Wicker (MS). In my view, all spit in the faces of patriotic Americans. Period.

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    • GP says:

      I listened to the interview and it sounded to me like Rand was giving cover for Ms Lindsey

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  9. Mark1971 says:

    Graham says he has been waiting for the Horowitz Report to be released. What will be his excuse after that happens?

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    • bulwarker says:

      Waiting for Durham. Then, by that point, Trump will have been impeached and Graham will say the Senate trial is handling it.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Actually, if the House actually does go through with the impeachment, Lindsey Graham’s committee is in charge of the proceedings in the Senate. It is probably the reason for his silence and the reason McConnell put him in charge of this committee. For all his faults, Grassley could not be trusted to follow orders.

        Notice, McConnell did not change the SSCI. He left the most corrupt committee in the Senate in tact even after all the revelations since 2016.

        If rand calls out McConnell, that will be an event to behold and my respect for Rand will increase by leaps and bounds.

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    • Blind no Longer says:

      I saw a tweet from Sundance, where Ziggi found a tweet or comment by Senator Grassley saying he believed the Horowitz report would be deep sixed. Are they planning on holding this report until it’s too late????

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      • livefreeordieguy says:

        Yes… or neuter it… as in the exec summary (the only thing anybody reads) doesn’t remotely reflect the horrendous revelations within…

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    • Mr. Morris says:

      Maria Bartiroma interviewed Lindsay Graham on Sunday. She confronted him asking when he as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee would begin calling witnesses to testify under oath. She said he has talked about this for a long time but so far he has not taken any action. When Lindsay? Per usual Lindsay Graham was uncomfortably evasive.

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    • Issy says:

      He won’t really need one for the rest of this year. They will start taking their holiday breaks.

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  10. Minority of One says:

    Graham is a deep state plant. That’s pretty much established.

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  11. Kleen says:

    LG is a Democrat. PERIOD!

    He tries really hard to act mad at the left but he just can’t. He is a lousy actor.

    He wiggles out of saying anything damming about them. He tries… but just can’t

    But, if you want to see LG turn into Pelosi throw a conservative in his way. Oh boy!

    The coward mask comes off and LG is as vicious as Pelosi. But it takes a conservative getting something done for the people. That triggers him!

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  12. jambo says:

    “”If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.””

    Looks like they have given up on the actual phonecall and are now going to rely on circumstantial evidence to make 2+2 = impeach 45.

    Fix bayonets.

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  13. HickTick says:

    We cant Vote him out , Open Primaries , Don’t you remember Strom Thurmond , You cant vote them out .

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    • H.R. says:

      SC Open Primaries? I did not know that, HickTick. That explains a lot.

      So that means a lot of Dems are more than happy to vote for Graham in the primaries. The only thing they don’t get is a (D) by his name. But the Dems are OK with that, given his voting record.

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  14. jus wundrin says:

    “A lot of us…”

    I wonder who else Paul is talking about here? Senate repubs need to realize that if they vote for impeachment, they are done.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Collaborators always have the false belief that they somehow retain value after the battle is over. They never look back at history to see the collaborators are among the first eliminated because they cannot be trusted not to defect again.

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    • billygoat65 says:

      They don’t care. They are going to convict IMO. When have they been with the President? The real question is once the Senate acts what are we the people going to do about it?

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      • grumpyqs says:

        Oh billy goat; you’re asking for something half the voting population seldom does, ie, think of and consider future decisions, sometimes called strategy. IMO, it will not be soon enough to counteract the strategies already in place and ready to go from such leaders as Putin, Xi, Macron, Soros, etc. It may be over before the MSM even starts the celebratory gloating.

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      • GP says:

        Hi Billy “the real question is once the Senate acts what are we the people going to do about it?”
        Nothing-that’s what “We the People” will do. Nothing. Oh, they’ll be a lot of smack talking and threats and “from my cold, dead fingers” and this “cold anger” I keep seeing people ramble on about. But we’ll do nothing and the DS knows we’ll do nothing and that’s why the DS does what it wants, when it wants.

        That’s the truth. Doesn’t feel very good does it?

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      • Chip Doctor says:

        Billygoat65, I do not understand your thinking. Why in the world are so many suggesting that we should only take action AFTER the traitors convict and remove? At that point all is lost. America will be left a smoldering heap.

        Why isn’t anyone talking about taking action after Nancy sends articles to the senate? Seems to me that this should be the moment to descend on DC and make it clear that we won’t stand for this crap.

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    • Joebkonobi says:

      They may also leave rich thru payoffs and not care. Serious business folks, serious business. I sense the UniParty and deep state are conspiring.

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    • Thankful for Americans Outside of DPRK says:

      The republican politicians need to understand that they are the last chance to solve this “politically”. They better start convincing some d-rats too.

      So far they have not been behaving like it.

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  15. Patience says:

    Maverick by mouth –via from the grave osmosis– merits nothing! WHAT is Lindsey waiting for? The herd will be stampeded; impeachment or not .

    >The Devil and Daniel Webster was on cable tv today.
    How very appropriate to the current condition….

    Lindsey, it’s not too late to save you soul.

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    • topavalley says:

      Patience,
      Thank you for the recommendation! I enjoyed the movie very much. There is such a thing as good and evil, right and wrong.

      They now they have sold their souls and are almost out of time. They are frantic.

      For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
      Mark 8:36

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  16. WeThePeople2016 says:

    Hannity give LG a platform every week on his show but never pushes back on him. Graham just rattles bs every time he is on. It is about time that he gets called out for his lies.

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    • Patience says:

      Perhaps Hannity gives Lindsey ‘rope’ (video and audio montage-material) to decide if and or when he’ll hang himself.
      >Swamp draining takes strategy

      Also:Senator Ron Johnson is not alone in his love of country;& support of President Trump

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Lindsey had an inverse cranial insertion into McCain’s anal canal.

      Lindsey followed McStain lock step and was questioned very little because of McCain’s absolutely false “War Hero” record created by the MSM.

      Now Lindsey is alone and is attempting to cover for the money he, and then McCain, received and the hundreds, if not thousands, of dead Americans they were responsible for killing.

      He is like one of those kids in high school who never shuts up. Even when you are beating the tar out of him.

      Lindsey Graham is a weak kneed Traitor. He never gets off the Tube and never shuts up.

      How can someone of rhe same party even “insinuate” not supporting the President with this “clown show” Pelosi has going?

      Screw him.

      Next……

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  17. Fish and hunt says:

    What’s going to be very interesting is to see who gets Trump endorsements in 2020. Graham can’t win without it. Could Mitch? Part of the President’s success in 2016 was he really ran against both parties. He’s supported the likes of Romney and McCain in the past and gained nothing. I don’t see that happening again. Will he endorse primary challengers? In states like SC, that would carry a lot of weight

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    • treehouseron says:

      I’ve noticed a pattern in President Trump’s endorsements. He endorses who’s going to win…. which means, if he feels like the primary challenger can’t win, he endorses the incumbent.
      He also puts a lot of emphasis on the money surrounding issues (and anything)… so I would suspect his main reason for supporting or not supporting is what they money supporting the candidate looks like.

      So if you take McCain or Romney, nobody was going to primary them because McCain and Romney had tons of money behind them. President Trump is not going to get into a situation where he’s being outspent, and supporting a candidate he has to pump money into.

      If there’s a situation where somebody is getting close ,and there’s not a huge finance discrepancy, he’ll support the primary MAGA challenger. He’s playing a long game. He knew Mitt was going to be like this, he endorsed him anyways because he knew nobody was going to beat Mitt and he wasn’t enough to make it happen. So he plays the long game, endorses Mitt, and knows that it makes Mitt look petty and disloyal to most people when Mitt’s eventual backstabbing occurs again.

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  18. “”If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.””

    Got it…. the despicable Graham has just signaled what to do to get his peachment vote. Won’t matter from who, how, or where… just do it says Lindsey.

    What a duplicitous slimy snake.

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  19. I don’t trust Graham – never did and never will.

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  20. Chiggerbug says:

    Do. Not. Trust. Lindsey. Graham.

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  21. Mike says:

    Graham like McConnel believes in portraying an open mind at all times including betrayal of an ally if sentiment turns against them. To be fair he is interested in maintaining the neocon foreign policy and protecting the existing corruption in DC. Not sure how many policy objectives the Peesident hasn’t already delivered on that Graham still wants. Infrastructure, maybe..

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  22. Medicine Man says:

    Nah…he would lose in his re-election in 2020..when push comes to shove, he isn’t voting to remove.

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  23. woohoowee says:

    Our votes don’t matter. We are being completely disenfranchised by the US government.

    Liked by 8 people

    • oldersoul says:

      Yeah, our votes don’t matter. That’s why Donald Trump was never elected President. Except he was.

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      • Good point oldersoul.

        For some reason a lot of people seem to forget that Pres Trump, with our help, beat out 16 primary contenders and the odds on fav Hilary.

        Now Pelosi, with only one half of the three branches of our federal government, thinks she can impeach our President.

        Pelosi and her minions are striding all around Washington and all of the MSM and the networks spouting off like the Impeachment is a done deal, no question about it.

        She and her little friends all act like Donald Trump is halfway out the door already.

        And for some reason a lot of people seem to believe her and are shaking in their shoes.

        I honestly do not understand all of this fear and quaking.

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      • He was ONLY elected due to our participation in a massive electoral college landslide sir.

        Try getting Lindthey out… open primary and all plus splitter bullshit.

        Then there is this little matter of MONEY.

        .

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    • And have been since I was old enough to pretend I elect anyone at the feral level.

      Truth is a force of nature, or so I hear…

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  24. hokkoda says:

    Whatever Durham found must be bad, really, really, bad.

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  25. JackB says:

    It is time to start listing which Republican senators will betray Trump and vote to convict. They need to hear from their constituents.

    These Uniparty senators seem most likely:

    Romney, Graham, Burr, Murkowski, Collins, Sasse, Alexander, Gardner, Toomey, Rubio, McSally

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  26. rightmover says:

    So this month, Rand Paul IS on our side.
    But there have been times when he hasn’t been, either, and there will times when he won’t be again. So let’s not deify this guy just for calling out Lady Lindsay and being right on this one.
    Trust nobody in that effing Swamp except for the man in the Oval Office.

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    • JunkerGeorg says:

      Like his father, Rand will always side with the Constitution first and foremost, that is, as he understands and applies it. I’ll take that over a Rino.

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      • GB Bari says:

        “….that is, as he understands and applies it.”

        Therein lies the trap. When Rand gets an “understanding” in his head, the Almighty Himself cannot persuade Rand to see it from any different perspective. He has obstructed good legislation or other votes wanted by PDJT.

        I like a *little* open-mindedness, even in a SCOTUS Justice, because not *every* situation that arises 232 years after it was first signed is clearly and unambiguously accounted for in the Constitution.

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      • treehouseron says:

        Rand has you convinced of this, but it’s nonsense. He’s better than the others, but he’s also bought off and compromised just like the rest of them. His ‘default’ position is as you say, but when the favors are called in he votes however he’s told.

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    • Diane says:

      Best comment so far.

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    • 🍺Gunny66 says:

      Just remember;

      In three years……Not one…..Not one Senator has voted for a “recess “so our President could make recess appointments.

      All that is needed is “One” to vote for a recess. Democrat or Republican.

      Not one did.

      Rand Paul…..yeah……he got beat up for a reason….it wasn’t for not mowing his grass.

      “Hey Rand…….Go ahead out there and go over Lindsey a bit”
      “Make us look better”…..”OK”

      It will take a while to drain this swamp….some may come around…but I’m not taking bets….

      Just saying…..

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    • The Third Man says:

      rightmover is correct.

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  27. Heika says:

    Lindsay Graham – Planned Obstruction

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    • Heika says:

      He is a deliberate smoke screen. He pops up in crisis, and makes noises to shut everyone up – because he makes out he is doing something, then it gets buried. This is typical behaviour and we know it well. Its what DOJ and FBI has been doing for past 3 years. Exactly same thing. Same mob. Whats his relationship with Lawfare I wonder?

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      • H.R. says:

        Heika: “Whats his relationship with Lawfare I wonder?”

        If there’s a relationship it’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

        Miss Lindsay ain’t eatin’ no chitlin’s ‘n beans.

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  28. Garavaglia says:

    Get ready folks..we will soon enough have our chance to put up or shut up.

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  29. Greg says:

    The press and DNC are trying to do as much damage before Horowitz reports. Wray is holding up declassification and is currently organising more training courses on ethics.

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  30. Jimmy says:

    Graham’s position is therefore:

    1. It’s okay for the POTUS to ask the Ukrainian president to clean up the corruption and to help us clean up the corruption per the 1998 Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance.

    2. If the Ukrainian president says he will not comply with his obligations and will let the corruption continue, the POTUS has to relent and give Ukraine aid money. If he withholds the aid money, he should be impeached.

    So, the POTUS may politely ask the Ukrainian president to fulfill his obligations, but if the Ukrainian president refuses, the POTUS has a duty to give this corrupt regime billions in aid? That’s absurd.

    The Trump team has ceded ground with the quid pro quo nonsense. It has caused terrible confusion. There would have been nothing wrong at all for Trump to require Zelensky to fulfill his obligations in order to get the aid.

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    • The Third Man says:

      Yes Jimmy. And won’t all this “quid pro quo” uproar provide cover for other corrupt, even hostile, regimes which receive USA $$$ aid. The Dems have damaged foreign policy immeasurably. What are the Nokos thinking about all the impeachment flap? Russia? China ? Iran ? Dems give comfort to the enemy every day. Kerry, McCain, Obama, and recently Pelosi…all bad mouth USA while abroad. They even travel afar for that very purpose. God help us !

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      • warrprin1 says:

        Something which has probably been discussed but I haven’t seen: foreign governments lobbying our legislators to follow through with impeachment and conviction? Foreign governments cheerleading for the demise of MAGA?

        W H E N C E do Legislative officials summon the temerity to negotiate with foreign governments?

        God forgive me, but I hope the plane returning from Jordan experiences serious technical difficulties. These people deserve full exposure to the wrath of the Almighty.

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    • TexanInFL says:

      Why the hell WOULDN’T we expect something for the money we give them. It should not be free. This is all BS and everyone knows it…

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  31. theresanne says:

    There is still One greater than all of these babbling politicians. The Lord is the One Who sets ups governments and the One Who takes them down.
    I imagine the Lord saying about President Trump what He once said about another man He had chosen, “Whoever touches him touches the apple of My Eye.”

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  32. meadowlarkspring says:

    Good for Grassley for speaking up. Rand Paul too. Lindsey Graham is going to have to face whatever he fears. Gidddyup!

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  33. Jimmy says:

    If he’s removed, the U.S. government ceases to exist, or at best goes into a sort of suspended animation, full cardiac arrest and end of respiration. The only hope after that would be for Pence (should he be able to withstand ouster) and Barr to see prosecutions of all of the members of the coup through and for Pence to win in a landslide. Anything short of that and the United States federal government is gone, replaced by fiat, rule of man.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Garavaglia says:

      There will be war. Whether you want it or not, a political civil war will break out. And rightfully so.

      Liked by 4 people

      • CA Warrior says:

        And I would add it will be a go-to-guns civil war. We The People have been far too tolerant of and lenient on these hardcore liberals. There will be a backlash on these creatures like no one has ever witnessed, and when it begins it will be swift, punitive, and unstoppable..

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    • 56packardman says:

      Should that happen, as much as I like Pence, I don’t think he has the spine or the stomach for the fight that would ensue …

      Liked by 3 people

      • treehouseron says:

        The only thing we have going for us is, Pence is a very religious man and may very well feel like right now and in that scenario, he was on a crusade. Which he would be, basically.

        It’s completely possible that Mike Pence feels like President Trump is anointed. I put a lot of trust in Pence, I know a lot of people don’t like him but I haven’t seen 1 thing yet I don’t like about the guy. All you have to do is compare his character and history, even before Trump… compare that to anybody else and he stacks up favorably, even against guys like Ted Cruz.

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    • chooseamerica says:

      What’s this talk about Pence? Our VSGPDJT is not called a Lion for nothing. Do you really think he would just leave the White House? Hell no, he’ll fight and we’ll fight with him!! And, guess what, we’ll win!!!

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  34. jeans2nd says:

    Anyone ever consider that these guys – Graham + RINOS – are all just dam lazy?
    They all spend more time explaining why they are not working than actually working.

    As for Rand Paul v Graham – at least Rand Paul has some conservative principles from which he rarely, if ever, strays. One usually knows where Rand Paul will stand.

    Graham – no principles, no principles at all, except the principle of supporting Lindsey.

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  35. icthematrix says:

    If Mitch and Graham cannot be defeated in a primary, residents of those states should vote for the D. Seriously. Turtle is a disaster to our President. So is another 6 years of the low country compromised crook. My prayer would be to keep the Senate but lose those turds.

    Hopefully the big ugly is unleashed soon so all of the swine are exposed and slammed for who they are. Both sides of the aisle. Corruption is the root…the cover up coup was the action taken to maintain their filthy traitor $$.

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    • 56packardman says:

      There are few things I would like more than to see Mrs. McConnell sent packing back to Kentucky. He has surprised me – even astonished me – that he has been as good as he has in pushing Trump’s judiciary nominees through. Aside from that, what does he have to show for being Majority Leader? Kill Obamacare? Defund Plannded Parenthood? Enforce ANY party discipline to keep the RINOs in line behind the President? Fund the wall? Cut spending? Balance the budget? (Keeping in mind the budget and spending bills originate in the House.) He is, however, a MASTER of Failure Theater.

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      • warrprin1 says:

        The Head RINO In Charge has ensured that the Senate RINO herd does indeed stay in line. This is the reason that there has been no policy accomplishment.

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  36. foo dogg says:

    Sundance, your lede is slightly inaccurate- Rand doesnt call Graham out for protecting the Deep State- at 1:55 he specifically says he is NOT calling him out, but does believe other (unnamed) people are protecting the deep state.

    Graham has sure backpedaled on Syria here lately…

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  37. meadowlarkspring says:

    Yovanovitch, McCain, Graham, Porschenko (and sidekick Klouchbar)…..Graham and McCain knew about the dossier by then…did the rest of them? Kinda tough for Graham to call in Yovanovitch. But, must be done!

    John McCain in Georgia: US ‘must stand up to Vladimir Putin’
    Speaking during tour of Baltic states, Ukraine, and Georgia, McCain and fellow senators say US will support the countries despite Trump’s comments
    Reuters
    1 Jan 2017

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/01/john-mccain-russia-vladimir-putin-ukraine-georgia

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  38. Blind no Longer says:

    Rand knows the score and Deep State players/supporters! He knows Miss Lindsey is among that group and he had the guts to call him out. Let there be no doubt now…John McCain’s best friend is a sack of lying deep state shit and out to get President Trump.
    Don’t bother looking for any hearings in the Senate from this POS!!!! Once a never Trumper…always a never trumper. Lindsey must have been making a lot of money with McStain running arms to terrorists in the Middle East. I believe this will someday be revealed by the Deep State players when they need to destroy Lindsey after they are through using him!!!

    I really really really hate these people’s guts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Big chris says:

    Lindsey has a secret crush on Pierre delecto

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  40. Jimmy says:

    Graham should have said:

    “There was no quid pro quo, but there damn well should have been! You think we should shovel a billion dollars into a country that refuses to fulfill its obligations to clean up corruption? If you do, you’re crazy! So, no, if you can prove that Trump put forth a quid pro quo, then I won’t impeach him; I’ll praise him for doing his duty.”

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  41. Rynn69 says:

    I believe one of the biggest tells on where a person’s motives lie is the “friends” they surround themselves with over many years. Graham was at the hip of McCain for years. Notice that when Graham appeared to become a Trump loyalist big mouth Meghan McCain and clueless Cindy McCain never publicly called him out or voiced dismay at his “betrayal.” Neither of these women are known to be reserved.

    That is because he never betrayed him. He is an undercover Judas. Just like Gary Cohen, James Mattis, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster, Dina Powell, Kevin McAleenan, Paul Ryan, Rex Tillerson, and a slew of others.

    You can pretty much guarantee that a long-time Swamp Dweller will not be loyal to the American people. They will be loyal to the Swamp. They care more about the D.C. cesspool of the worst people in our country than they do about the country. And that, my friends, will come back to haunt them in spades.

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  42. oldersoul says:

    Lindsey Graham sleeps too close to the dogs to not have some fleas. His choice of political friends tells his tale. He has been thoroughly compromised for a very long time. Do not think the IC is unaware and is not leveraging him. Any changes with him are tricks of form, not function. There is no 2.0.

    Paul is finally just pointing out the painfully obvious. Graham is part of the problem, part of the cabal. His failure to do anything meaningful outside of a TV interview has been increasingly glaring to the nation for many months. His inaction is a clear service to PDJT’s enemies. PDJT pointed it out specifically last week. That is why Graham back-peddled this week on Syria to recover.

    Lindsey may have played his last round with the President. That is a unique litmus test that I pay special attention to where PDJT is concerned. PDJT is now singling out disloyal Republicans with increasing fervor. And for specific reason.

    We are approaching the political critical mass for the main sequence of this
    Presidency, and for its liberation of the nation from Globalism. PDJT is far more politically powerful now than on inauguration day. His early vulnerability has passed. His effective power is aggregating by the week, and the media’s ability to defect and distract from its accumulating success is collapsing. This President can no longer be removed by traditional electoral methods, and the main thrust of the establishment coup has failed. They are now improvising in increasing desperation. China, foreign adventures of the MIC, and the institutionalized corruption of both the elected and unelected federal state, and its captured institutions, are now being exposed at an accelerated rate. We are fast approaching the main engagement, a decisive point of inflection. Buckle your seatbelts.

    Graham chose his side a long time ago, and will continue to prevaricate and deceive to the bitter end. He will be dealt with by history. In the meantime, public derision and shaming are now his lot.

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  43. U.S.A. Citizen says:

    The 4 Squads (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rasida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley) are for Socialism, not Capitalism. Many people don’t understand the difference. Let me inform you what the difference is. Capitalism is what America is now. Free speech, lots of jobs, low taxes, safety from our enemies, etc. Socialism is, no Free Speech, no jobs, high taxes, starvation, danger from our enemies. Look at Venezuela, this country used to be a prosperous country similar to America, now since they voted in a Democrat Socialist, the people are starving, forced to eat their pets and many other horrible things happening there. Americas, is this what you want for America? You better think hard before you vote for a Socialist, which is the whole Liberal Democrat party that is running for President. Vote for President Donald J. Trump who is a Capitalist, not a Socialist. That’s why our country is so prosperous.

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  44. Wolfe got off light by threatening the Intel Committee senators. The Small Group seditionists are now threating senators with exposure again. Is that why Graham’s appearances resemble hostage videos? Is he cracking?

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  45. Elric says:

    I don’t know. Senator Paul blows hot and cold. His appearance sends signals that seem crosswise with his rhetoric. I think I’ll send him an ACE comb and a tin of Dapper Dan’s.

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  46. Blacklisted_patriot1776 says:

    I have reached out to Senator Turncoast office, left him a piece of my mind.

    I encourage you to do the same.

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    • margarite1 says:

      I tweeted him…for all the good it will do. I really don’t think the GOP leadership cares – they just want to be done with all this and go back to nothing as usual. We aren’t represented by most of these people.

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  47. JAS says:

    In hindsight, the only mistake of our founding fathers was not forcing term limits for Congress. They created Career politicians. Mini despots.

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  48. Charlotte Powell Brooks says:

    South Carolina outlawed pistol dueling around 1880.
    Another reason for term limits.

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  49. Graham should be investigating Finestine for the Kavanaugh hearing, it is his committee duty… Chairman. Until that happens he will always be the GOP’s Schiff.

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  50. dwpender says:

    Republicans outnumber Democrats on the Judiciary Committee 12-10. Graham cannot issue subpoenas without the unanimous consent of the Republicans.

    Among the Republicans are John Cornyn (member SSCI) and, more significantly, Ben Sasse (also SSCI and Mr. “I think every day about leaving the Republican Party”).

    Graham would not want to out a dissenting Republican for obstructing/preventing any meaningful investigation until and unless he’s certain no agreement is possible.

    If Graham/Judiciary started a serious investigation of how our intelligence and investigative agencies staged and directed the international targeting of candidate (and later President-elect and President) Trump, what might that show about the role of the SSCI (or at least certain Senators on it)? Might Sasse, e.g., object that any such investigation is properly within the oversight purview of SSCI?

    I present this as food for thought. I’m not defending Graham’s inaction. There may, however, be more to his obvious backtracking than meets the eye.

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