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Lindsey Graham calls for special counsel to probe FBI handling of Hillary Clinton

March 14, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday called for a special counsel to probe the FBI and Justice Department themselves, saying the evidence is mounting that they treated Hillary Clinton more leniently than they did President Trump in the 2016 election.

He said he’ll introduce legislation to establish that investigation.

“We let [Robert] Mueller look at all things Trump-related, to collusion and otherwise. Somebody needs to look at what happened on the other side, and find out whether the FBI and the DOJ had two systems one supporting the person they wanted to win, and one out to get the person they wanted to lose,” he said.

His comments came on the Senate floor.

“There’s more than smoking guns here. There’s overwhelming evidence that somebody outside the political system should look into,” he said.

His comments came hours after the latest release by Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, who has been unveiling transcripts of interviews from people involved in the anti-Trump FBI probes of the last few years.

On Thursday Mr. Collins released a transcript of the committee’s interview last year with fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok. Earlier this week he released the documents from Mr. Strzok’s one-time paramour, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. And he previously released the transcript of a committee interview with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Republicans say the transcripts show shenanigans and anti-Trump bias.

Mr. Page, in particular, said Mr. Strzok had joined Mr. Mueller’s probe with impeachment of the president on his mind.