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Lindsey Graham Goes Nuclear: Exposes Corruption in Obama Administration, Demands Action

Senator backs Trump, saying 'it is becoming increasingly clear' former president operated a biased Justice Dept.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended President Donald Trump Tuesday on Twitter against critics who claimed he “politicized” the Department of Justice (DOJ) by pointing to his predecessor’s actual “politicization” of federal law enforcement.

“I completely support House Republican efforts to have President Trump declassify the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant applications, the Bruce Ohr/Chris Steele interactions, and all other relevant information regarding allegations of corruption in the DOJ & FBI,” Graham tweeted.

“It is increasingly clear it was the Obama Administration who politicized the DOJ/FBI, not the Trump Administration,” he added.

Graham’s first tweet included an article from The Daily Caller published Sunday, titled “Trump Reportedly Close to Declassifying Carter Page and Bruce Ohr Documents.”

The senator called in August for a special counsel to investigate Ohr, the DOJ’s controversial former associate deputy attorney general, and his role in the FBI’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump aides and Russian interests in the 2016 campaign.

Ohr’s wife, Nellie, was an employee of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm used by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain negative allegations against Trump from Russian sources, via former British spy Christopher Steele.

Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which she controlled as her party’s president nominee, paid for Steele’s compilation of the anti-Trump materials into what became known as the Steele dossier. The FBI used the dossier to justify its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court application and renewals to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and others.

“Bruce Ohr was at least unethical. We need a special counsel to look at all things Department of Justice and FBI when it came to the Trump investigation, particularly the counterintelligence investigation,” Graham said in mid-August during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

The president has long railed against the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias found within the DOJ and FBI and decried special counsel Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” against him.

Many Democrats and liberal pundits accused Trump of politicizing the DOJ and FBI with his repeated criticisms against some of the controversial former and current top officials involved in the Trump campaign investigation.

Related: Graham Calls for Special Counsel to Probe Bruce Ohr

The FBI investigated Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign season for her use of a private email server located in her New York mansion to conduct official business as secretary of state. She was absolved by former FBI Director James Comey in July 2016, even though dozens of messages containing confidential information was found on the server.

In addition to Ohr and Steele, Trump, Graham and other Republicans point to the thousands of virulently anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages exchanged between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during their work on the Russia collusion probe.

Strzok participated in both the Clinton investigation and the Trump probe.

But Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia probe after the text messages with Page became public.

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