Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has never been a full-on supporter of President Trump. Graham, unlike many other Republicans, seems to stand by his beliefs rather than modifying them in order to agree with the President. While many Democrats still dislike the Senator, one thing is for sure; he does what he believes is best for his constituents and he understands we are a nation of laws.
This morning, after President Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the third time in a week, Lindsey Graham took to Twitter to both defend Sessions and attack (quite brutally) President Trump.
“Jeff Sessions is one of the most decent people I’ve ever met in my political life,” Graham tweeted. “Jeff Session is a rock-solid conservative, but above else he believes in the Rule of Law. He understands we are a nation of laws, not men. On occasion, I’ve vigorously disagreed with Jeff but I’ve never once doubted his integrity or sense of fair play. President Trump’s tweet today suggesting Attorney General Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate. Prosecutorial decisions should be based on applying facts to the law without hint of political motivation. To do otherwise is to run away from the long-standing American tradition of separating the law from politics regardless of party.”
While many on the Left might disagree with Graham’s character judgement of Sessions, what they certainly do agree on is the fact that President Trump should not be tweeting messages to his Attorney General in order to try and persuade him to pursue an investigation. The law and the presidency are two different things, and they should not be linked together. As we reported earlier, these actions by President Trump may not only be in distaste, but may also be considered an impeachable offense, according to former George W. Bush Ethics Attorney, Richard Painter.
What will be interesting is to see if other Republicans come out of the woodwork in order to chastise Trump for his inappropriate attacks and persuasion methods he’s using toward Jeff Sessions, or if they will continue to toe the party line and side with the President.