February 02, 2021

Graham Urges Acting AG Not to Interfere with Justice Dept. Probes While Senate Processes Garland Nomination

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today wrote to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson urging him not to interfere in or call off two ongoing Justice Department probes while the Senate processes the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the position of Attorney General.

Graham noted that for the duration of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, he rejected calls to end the investigation and was a primary sponsor of bipartisan legislation approved by the Judiciary Committee to protect Mueller’s probe.

Graham wrote, “Special Counsel Mueller of course found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but it was important for public trust that the probe be completed without interference. We now find the shoe on the other foot. We have two properly predicated, ongoing investigations Democrats would rather go away: Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and the investigation by the Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office into Hunter Biden. Special Counsel Durham’s probe has already yielded a felony conviction.”

He continued, “I am writing to respectfully request that you refrain from interfering in any way with either investigation while the Senate processes the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the position of Attorney General. The American public deserve the truth and must know that these investigations will continue without political interference.”

The full text of Graham’s letter to Acting Attorney General Wilkinson can be found HERE.