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Sport Lindsey Graham Is Trump’s Most Important Friend

16:45  20 september  2020
16:45  20 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns

  Trump ally Lindsey Graham thinks the President should release tax returns President Donald Trump has long resisted releasing his tax returns in a break with historic precedent, but even one of his closest allies in the Senate thinks he should. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Asked if Trump should release his tax returns, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN on Thursday, "Yeah, I think everybody should. I've said that for a long time.

Lindsey Graham Is Trump ’ s Most Important Friend . The South Carolina senator will actually tell the president what he doesn’t want to hear. Take Trump ’ s response to former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Lindsey Graham may be the most misunderstood figure in Donald Trump ’ s Washington. For the #Resistance, the Republican senator from South Carolina is the lickspittle who abandoned his principles for access to a dangerous populist. For the populists, Graham is an

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Lindsey Graham may be the most misunderstood figure in Donald Trump’s Washington. For the #Resistance, the Republican senator from South Carolina is the lickspittle who abandoned his principles for access to a dangerous populist. For the populists, Graham is an interloper, worming his way into the president’s inner circle and persuading him to keep fighting the endless wars Trump campaigned against.

a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump make an announcement regarding the © Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (R) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump make an announcement regarding the "First Step Act", prison reform bill, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Neither version, however, quite captures the role that Graham plays in Trump’s chaotic presidency. He is neither a Svengali nor a suck-up. Rather, he is an honest friend, willing to do something few others in Trump’s inner circle will do: Tell him when he is wrong.

Donor cash surges to Harrison, the Democrat taking on Graham

  Donor cash surges to Harrison, the Democrat taking on Graham COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It won't be known until Election Day if a poll showing a tightening contest between Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Jaime Harrison portends an upset — but the gains are real enough in the Democrat's campaign account. On the heels of a Quinnipiac University poll that has him tied with Graham among likely voters in South Carolina, Harrison's campaign has marked two back-to-back fundraising days of $1 million apiece, bringing his total fundraising to over $30 million. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Graham ’s rush to Trump ’ s side is particularly baffling because not long ago, he was Sure, Graham allowed, you might emphasize some things more than others when you’re trying to appeal to the party base. Lindsey Graham , as John McCain’s best friend , was extremely — took great umbrage at this.

Senator Lindsey Graham holding up the Steele dossier during the Senate judiciary committee hearing on 11 December 2019. But the senator who has emerged as Trump ’ s impeachment bulldog by protesting the president’s innocence most loudly is South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham .

That is the Graham that emerges from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage.” In scene after scene, Graham is depicted as the Trump confidante urging him to step back from the ledge.

Take Trump’s response to former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. As Mueller’s final report makes clear, Trump tried many times to have him fired, but his staff never complied. Graham also pleaded with the president to back off.

Woodward reports that also Graham confronted Trump at the beginning of the Russia investigation, telling the president that there was only “one thing that would turn me against you, and that is if you actually worked with the Russians.” Trump insisted that he didn’t. “I believe you,” Graham said. Graham then told Trump the truth: Mueller is the only person who can clear you.

Lindsey Graham Is Trump’s Most Important Friend

  Lindsey Graham Is Trump’s Most Important Friend The South Carolina senator will actually tell the president what he doesn’t want to hear.Neither version, however, quite captures the role that Graham plays in Trump’s chaotic presidency. He is neither a Svengali nor a suck-up. Rather, he is an honest friend, willing to do something few others in Trump’s inner circle will do: Tell him when he is wrong.

Senator Lindsey Graham may have been one of President Trump ' s biggest supporters in 2018, but that wasn't the case during Graham struck a more conciliatory tone with Trump after the latter won the Republican party’s nomination, and he eventually came out in support of Trump after the election.

Lindsey O. Graham (R- S .C.) used to sound like on impeachment, back when he was explaining why President Bill Clinton’ s failure to cooperate with an In the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reports that "47 percent of Americans believe the allegations that Trump requested Ukraine’ s

It appears that Graham’s counsel was effective. Trump didn’t fire Mueller. And although his final report found examples of attempted obstruction of his investigation and contacts between his campaign and Russia, Mueller also stated that he found no evidence of a conspiracy between the president’s campaign and the Russian interference operation.

Graham’s approach with Trump stands in sharp relief with the president’s first director of national intelligence, former Indiana Senator Dan Coats. Coats pushed back against Trump on specific policy issues such as his effort to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria. But Woodward does not report that Coats ever confronted Trump directly about whether he colluded with Moscow.

Woodward does report that Coats and his staff perused the most classified intelligence on Trump’s possible ties to Russia and found no proof of collusion. Nonetheless, Woodward says, “Coats’s doubts continued, never fully dissipating.” Coats has not gone on the record to either dispute or affirm this account. When Trump asked him in 2019, before Mueller released his report, to state publicly that he found no proof of collusion, Coats demurred, stressing that the FBI still had an ongoing criminal investigation.

Anti-Lindsey Graham super PAC launching first TV ad in 2020 as polls show tight South Carolina Senate race

  Anti-Lindsey Graham super PAC launching first TV ad in 2020 as polls show tight South Carolina Senate race A super PAC targeting Lindsey Graham is launching its first TV ad in 2020 as the polls begin to tighten in the GOP incumbent's South Carolina Senate race against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.The PAC, called Lindsey Must Go, is teaming up with NRDC Action Votes, an independent expenditure political committee, to launch the ad next week in the Charleston market. The buy is worth $300,000 and will be on air for 10 days. A PAC spokesman said the group is looking to do more TV ads with just under 50 days until Election Day.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R- S .C.), meanwhile, declared Monday night that Nah, any Trump nominee will do just fine. The thing is, it’ s not at all surprising that virtually every Today’ s Headlines. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and

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Graham today leads the Senate’s investigation into the FBI’s probe of Trump and Russia. The president’s opponents dismiss Graham’s efforts as an attempt to curry favor with Trump. They shouldn’t. When Mueller was named special prosecutor in 2017, Graham introduced legislation to prevent the president from firing him. He counseled the president to allow Mueller to finish his work. When Trump pressed him in 2019 to issue a subpoena of former president, Barack Obama, Graham publicly said it was a bad idea, leading Trump to temporarily break contact.

Just as Graham is not the sycophant the left paints him to be, he also defies the warmonger caricature forwarded by populists such as Tucker Carlson of Fox News.

Woodward reveals that Graham repeatedly counseled Trump against the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Graham warned him that Iran would retaliate and that Trump could find himself launching an attack inside Iranian territory, risking a major war. Trump responded, “He deserves it,” noting intelligence reporting that Soleimani was planning major attacks.

SCOTUS Battle Pours Lighter Fluid on South Carolina’s Senate Race

  SCOTUS Battle Pours Lighter Fluid on South Carolina’s Senate Race Most everyone following the heated U.S. Senate contest in South Carolina recognizes that the opening of a U.S. Supreme Court seat—six weeks before Election Day—has shifted the balance of the race. Which candidate will ultimately benefit, though, depends on who you ask. Sen. Lindsey Graham was already facing a determined challenge from Democrat Jaime Harrison before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last Friday. Less than a day later, Graham officially discarded his stance from 2016 that high court appointments shouldn’t be made in an election year—and fully embraced his role as President Donald Trump’s warrior in securing a third Supreme Court justice.

Lindsey Graham does not deny that President Donald Trump called certain nations " s ---hole" countries during a meeting with senators on Thursday. "I said my piece directly to him yesterday" after his comments, the Republican senator from South Carolina says. Graham does not rebut an account

Lindsey Graham Is Trump ’ s Most Important Friend . Authoritarianism, Not Just Trump , Is Up for Re-Election. There’s no way to know how much the modest added attention they got helped in future campaigns. But the main audience for a State of the Union response are strong party loyalists.

Graham also emerged as an honest friend this summer following the police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd. Privately, Graham worried that Trump’s response to the protests and riots that followed Floyd’s killing was in the style of the infamous segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama.

In a series of phone calls in June, Woodward reports, Graham bluntly told the president that if the election were held today, he would lose. He urged the president instead to take a three-pronged approach to his campaign: Issue an executive order on police reform; propose a massive infrastructure bill, and support legislation to protect some 700,000 undocumented young adults who had been brought to the country as children. Trump didn’t take Graham’s advice.

That is often the way it goes with Trump. As the tell-all books published in 2020 document, the president believes that he is his own best counsel. Nonetheless, it’s worth asking: Would the republic be in better shape if Graham had chosen to appease Trump’s resistance, and said publicly the kinds of things he told him in private?

I am not sure it would. Trump won the 2016 election. If he were removed from office through a flawed and abusive FBI investigation, millions of Americans would have viewed their votes as nullified. Graham, who campaigned bitterly against Trump during the primaries, understood this too.

Had Graham followed the lead of his late friend, John McCain, maybe there would have been one more Republican vote for Trump’s impeachment. But it would not have been enough to remove him from office. Instead, Graham made a choice: He is trying to work with the president we have to persuade him to be the president we need.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Eli Lake is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering national security and foreign policy. He was the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast and covered national security and intelligence for the Washington Times, the New York Sun and UPI.

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