By Andrew Taylor-SchapiroOctober 16, 2018A Republican senator who is a member of the committee tasked with investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia is pushing back against an allegation that the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating him.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he will take legal action against the Senate intelligence committee, a Democratic-led committee that has been investigating the president and his team.
The House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election, and Graham said Tuesday he has spoken to Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R.-N.C. Burr is the ranking member on the Senate committee.
Graham told reporters Tuesday he is “confident” the Senate investigation will be completed by the end of this year.
He also told reporters that he and Burr have spoken on the phone, and that the senators have agreed to hold a hearing on Russian interference in November.
“I want to get it done.
We are going to have a hearing.
We have agreed on a date.
We will have a very important hearing,” Graham said.
He said he plans to call Burr to set up a time for the hearing.
“That will happen sometime this week,” Graham added.
The Hill reports that the Judiciary Committee and Senate Intelligence committees are looking into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Burr said in January that he is working to find out if there is evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and Russian operatives, who were in the U.S. trying to influence an election in the country.
A former FBI agent and former senior White House official told The Hill that there are multiple committees that are investigating Russian interference, including the Senate and House intelligence committees.
“They’re all looking into Trump,” said the former FBI official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations.
The former FBI officer, who was in the FBI’s Washington field office, said the committees were conducting their own investigations into Russian interference.
“There are all these investigations being done all over the place,” the former official said.
Graham’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“The chairman has said he intends to go after anyone who supports the Trump agenda.
And the president is not pleased that Senator Graham is taking him up on that challenge,” said Graham spokesman Chris Smith.
Graham is not the first GOP senator to go on record as saying the Senate will be looking into his ties to the Russian Federation.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R., Colorado, and Sen. Dean Heller, R. Nev., Arizona, and Sens.
Lisa Murkowski, R, Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito, R.: All three are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.