On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham single-handedly blocked a resolution that would have supported the public release of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
South Carolina’s entire House delegation, Republicans and Democrats, voted in favor of the resolution. In fact it passed the lower chamber without a single “nay” vote.
Graham’s opposition to the resolution is the latest move by the senior senator to come to the defense of President Donald Trump, a man he called a “race-baiting, xenophobic bigot” in the 2016 presidential primary.
In recent interviews, Graham has admitted that his about-face is an attempt to “try to be relevant” with the aim of producing “some really good outcomes for the country.”
A recent profile by journalist Mark Leibovich for the New York Times showed Graham sowing seeds of anti-“smart guy” populism at home in S.C. while admitting he was playing politics.
Objecting to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request for unanimous consent to pass the resolution on Thursday, Graham asked that it be amended to appoint an entirely new special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails. (No, seriously. Not joking.) If you want the full rundown of all the Hannity talking points Graham wants tacked onto the bill, just check Senator Twitter’s Graham.
In an entirely unexpected show of goodwill toward Trump, Graham also said today he would support the veto of a resolution opposing the president’s emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. That resolution initially passed with Republican support.