President Donald Trump is ready to hold people accountable, and on Thursday he requested that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham call former President Barack Obama to testify amid new developments about the Russia investigation and efforts to “unmask” Michael Flynn’s name in intelligence reports.
“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” Trump posted on his social media account Thursday. “He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”
The post from the president comes at a time when it is obvious that there is a real need to investigate Obama and his associates, in what Trump calls “Obamagate.” Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WS) recently made the public aware of a list of Obama officials, which was declassified by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and sent to Grassley and Johnson, who requested to “unmask” the identity of Flynn, who at the time was Trump’s incoming national security adviser.
The recently declassified list included the names of top-ranking figures of the Obama Administration including former Vice President Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough.
Graham however, expressed his reluctance to call Obama to testify. He said he is “greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight.”
“No president is above the law,” Graham said. “However, the presidency has executive privilege claims against other branches of government…. As to the Judiciary Committee, both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other. If nothing else it would make for great television. However, I have great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”
He did however confirm that his panel will “begin holding multiple, in-depth congressional hearings regarding all things related to Crossfire Hurricane starting in early June.”
“Crossfire Hurricane” was the FBI’s internal code name for the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign were coordinating or colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Graham has been in charge of leading his committee’s investigation on the origins of the Russia investigation for the past several months now. A source told Fox News that Graham and his committee are considering inviting Brennan, Clapper, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to testify before them in the near future. There would be an initial invitation for them to appear, however, if they encounter any resistance at all, the former Obama staffers and allies will be sent subpoenas if needed so that they can testify before the committee.