Legal experts torch Lindsey Graham for saying he doesn't 'care' if Trump tried to fire Mueller
On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vigorously defended President Donald Trump’s behavior during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” insisting that the president didn’t do “one thing” to obstruct justice.
“I don’t care” if Trump ordered former White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, Graham said, because unlike during President Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky proceedings, Trump’s subordinates did not carry out his orders — thus there is no conduct to impeach him over.
In simple legal fact, Graham is wildly wrong. Federal law says that anyone who “endeavors to” obstruct the administration of justice has committed a crime, whether or not the action taken actually does so.
On Monday, multiple former federal prosecutors took to social media to hit back at Graham’s mischaracterization of federal law:
The newly minted Lindsay Graham"I don't care" standard: "I don’t care what they talked about. He didn’t do anything… https://t.co/ZoAa9aVwXc— Harry Litman (@Harry Litman) 1556492985.0
Shorter @LindseyGrahamSC: I don’t care if you tried to rob that bank - as long as no money was stolen it’s all good! https://t.co/cyusH6wENu— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah) 1556540662.0
@Mimirocah1 @LindseyGrahamSC Lindsay Graham has just given every obstruction defendant a new defense; as long as pr… https://t.co/6oyx8Zwbhw— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1556541060.0