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A top Republican senator delivered a plea to FBI officials to cooperate with U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked on Tuesday to react to a recent Fox News report in which a source said it is “disturbing to Durham” that “there weren’t any whistleblowers” who came forward in the FBI and Justice Department during the early stages of the inquiry.
“If you are in the FBI and you were working during this period of time, and you saw things that bothered you, please speak up,” Graham told anchor Martha MacCallum.
The South Carolina Republican noted that the “seventh floor” of the FBI, a reference to a perch at headquarters for the bureau’s leadership, was “pretty intimidating.”
Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, was tasked by Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether there was any misconduct by federal law enforcement and counterintelligence officials.
Allies of President Trump have alleged that top officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, leveraged the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia to damage the president and people in his orbit.
FBI notes released last week in the case of Michael Flynn only heightened their concerns about there being an effort to “set up” Trump and his advisers.
Graham said the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was one of the most “unethical, sloppy, ill-conceived, and dangerous operations in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice,” and noted his plans to call Comey and his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, to testify before his panel.