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Fox News "Hannity" - Transcript Interview with Lindsey Graham


Date: Sept. 16, 2020


Here now with more, Senator Lindsey Graham, about to break some news about who you have invited to your committee.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Yeah, the day -- the day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane.

James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September the 30th, without a subpoena. I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee. He will be respectfully treated but ask hard questions.

We're negotiating with McCabe, Mr. McCabe. We're hoping to get him without a subpoena. Time will tell.

Mueller has declined the invitation of the committee to appear to explain his report after the Horowitz report. He says he doesn't have enough time.

But September the 30th, we'll have Mr. Comey before the committee and I look forward to it.

HANNITY: You're going to accept that answer from Robert Mueller in light of phones we believe were erased because everybody accidentally put in the wrong passcode repeatedly.

And, by the way, I never heard that that locks up a phone or erases a phone. Have you ever heard about that?

And I've dropped phones in the ocean. I've actually dropped one in a toilet bowl once.



HANNITY: But I never use Bleach Bit, and I've had to replace phones because I lose them, I've actually lost phones.

GRAHAM: Yeah, it sounds fishy as hell. We're going to ask the people who did the erasing, but I'm going to ask the Department of Justice and the inspector general to look at this.

But I've been telling your viewers for a long time that we would try to have an accounting for what happened with Crossfire Hurricane. How did it get so off the rails, how was the FISA court misled multiple times? Well, that day is coming. I'm proud of our committee.

We will also interview the people who interviewed the sub-source and we're getting to the bottom of what happened, and we'll have a hearing on September 30th with Mr. Comey, and hopefully, Mr. McCabe will come in. He's out all over the place.

We've invited Strzok to come. He's selling a book. We'll see if Mr. Strzok will come without a subpoena.

But I look forward to this hearing. I think it will be important to the American people.

HANNITY: I'd like Jim Comey to come on my radio and TV show. I'll give him three hours of radio and an hour on TV. I have a lot of questions.

Now, he was warned that the dossier was dirty before he signed the first warrant, that Hillary paid for it, didn't put that in the account. It does say verified. We now know it's unverifiable. He signed three of them.

After he signed that it was verified in October, he told Donald Trump in December, the president-elect, that it's salacious and unverified. So he lied either in October or he lied in December, and we also know for sure, don't we, that the sub-source of Steele said, no, none of this is true, in January of 2017. And Comey went on to sign two more warrants.

Is that a fact, Senator?

GRAHAM: Well, it's the fact that in January of 2017, and March of 2017, the Russian sub-source told the FBI that it was bar talk, hearsay, not verified. We know that happened.

Now, who did the intel analysts and the case agent tell? We're going to talk to them in the next week to 10 days.

But here's my point: I appreciate Mr. Comey coming in. We've been asking each other a lot of questions. It's about time to ask the people in charge what the hell happen. That day is coming. I promise your viewers we would get to this day.

And stay tuned, a couple weeks from now --

HANNITY: It's about time.

GRAHAM: -- we'll know a lot more.

HANNITY: Let me ask you a question. If -- if I told you that all -- that I erased my phone because I put in the wrong password, do you believe that cockamamie story from Robert Mueller's team, because I don't believe a word of it?

GRAHAM: Well, common sense would tell you that multiple people erasing phones that are under investigation is suspicious as hell. Horowitz is doing a review of Crossfire Hurricane and this could be obstruction of justice.

If you're -- know that your phone is going to be looked at for investigative purposes, you erase it, then you got a problem. We'll see what happens there too. But stay tuned, September 30th.


HANNITY: I don't know even you can erase the damn thing. I'm so -- I don't know what Bleach Bit is. I know what a hammer is. I've never used a hammer on a phone.

GRAHAM: Right.

HANNITY: I know what a SIM card is, but that's about as far as -- I can't even download an app. I'll probably drop this one in the toilet after the show.

GRAHAM: That's probably why you're not -- that's probably why you're not in charge of investigations.

HANNITY: Yeah, that's true. Good point.

All right. Senator, thank you.