Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) revealed Attorney General William Barr is “pretty upset” over the way the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation during an interview Sunday on Fox News. Graham said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that he hoped the new attorney general would appoint a special counsel to investigate that matter.
While Graham claims to know what Barr is thinking, he did not say whether he thought a special counsel would indeed be appointed.
“I don’t know if he’s going to have a special prosecutor to look at the probability of criminal misbehavior,” Graham said. “I’m going to look at what happened from an oversight role. But I hope there’s a special counsel appointed to look at DOJ corruption and political bias, you know? Because Mueller did his job against Trump. Nobody’s really looked at the Clinton campaign, the FISA warrant abuse or the counterintelligence investigation for criminality yet and somebody should.”
But appointing a special counsel for the Clinton case would be a mistake for Republicans. Republicans have for the past two years kept the party focused on policy while Democrats were concerned with the now-bogus claims of collusion. The Democratic platform was “investigation,” whereas the Republican platform was “legislation.” There is no reason Republicans should drop to that level, especially considering that when it comes to policy, Republicans have the upper edge and support of the American people.
Graham said he was not “worried about retrying” Clinton, but that he instead wants “to make sure that the public understands that she got away with something they wouldn’t get away with.” The public already knows this; there’s no reason to waste government resources for a purely political ambition and motive.
Furthermore, just like civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz argued regarding the Mueller probe against President Donald Trump, a special counsel “is the worst way of getting to the truth.” One is only necessary when it comes to indicting. If Graham really wants to investigate Clinton, he should look to forming “a nonpartisan commission of experts.” But that would truly be a waste of time.