Lindsey Graham Says Trump ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t Run with ‘Spygate’: ‘A Confidential Informant Is Not a Spy’
Lindsey Graham Says Trump ‘Probably’ Shouldn’t Run With ‘SpyGate’: ‘A Confidential Informant Is Not a Spy’ (Mediaite)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says it might not be a good idea for President Trump to keep pushing his “SpyGate” claims that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign.
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, Graham was asked whether Trump is right to call the commotion “SpyGate” after the Department of Justice briefed officials yesterday on the informant who told the FBI about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. Graham didn’t attend the meeting (though Trump lawyer Emmet Flood did), but he explained that spies and informants are not the same thing, even if protocol changes should be taken into consideration.
“A confidential informant is not a spy. I don’t know if there’s a reason to have a confidential informant following a campaign. But let’s put it this way. There needs to be some protocols in place if this ever happens again. Right now, there are rules saying you can’t, you know, you don’t want investigations to change political cycles. So there’s rules about, you know, ending and starting investigations because of the political cycle. There’s also rules about going into a lawyer’s office. That’s a big deal. There should be some rules about surveilling a major party nominee’s campaign. And there probably is not any.”