Former CIA Director John Brennan accused Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-SC, of “pure hypocrisy” for pledging to support President Donald Trump’s expected decision to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States before the November election.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 after battling cancer, and allegedly her dying wish was to have her seat filled after the election.
Lawmakers have been fighting mostly along partisan lines, with a few Republicans saying they won’t confirm a pre-election nominee, over the President’s expected announcement.
Graham’s office could not be immediately reached for comment.
When it comes to Senator Graham, Brennan says that he “once told me not to pay attention to his public statements, as it’s all just politics,” adding that “He fully deserves to be bounced from the Senate.”
Graham was authorized to subpoena Brennan and others for their roles in the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, in which Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were used to spy on Trump and members of his campaign. Graham has yet to issue any such subpoena. The predicate for that investigation was a now-debunked dossier alleging that Trump was colluding with Russia to win in the 2016 election.
U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the alleged malfeasance as part of the Justice Department’s probe into the matter. However, it’s unclear if any senior officials will be indicted.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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