Lindsey Graham: Biden Not ‘President-Elect’ Until Trump Concedes, or Court Cases Have Been Dismissed and States Certify

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters on Tuesday that Joe Biden (D) is not officially “president-elect” until President Trump concedes or the states have certified the results and the court cases have been dismissed.

The Wall Street Journal’s Lindsay Wise detailed a Q&A with the South Carolina senator, who told reporters that it is “now” time for Trump’s team to provide proof to back its mounting questions on the integrity of the election.

“Bottom line is you’re attacking the voting machines, you have to prove that, you can’t just say that. You know, there may be proof, I don’t know. But it’s kind of time now to show it in a court of law,” Graham said, according to Wise.

“We are at the point now where recounts are going on and it’s now time to put it up,” he added.

When asked for a timeline on when it is time to collectively refer to Biden as “president-elect” — a term several reporters have already begun to embrace —  Graham said it should occur “when Trump concedes or the court cases have been dismissed and the states certified.”

“If there is no concession there is a contest. If there is a contest in court & the party loses, that’s the end of the contest. There is no way to overturn a election other than a court of law,” Graham added:

Graham also told reporters on Tuesday that he has been in contact with election officials in both Arizona and Nevada:

On Monday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) accused the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman of implying that he should “look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out” during the recount effort in the Peach State.

“I want to be clear, you say Senator Graham wanted you to find ways to get rid of legally cast ballots. CNN asked him about these allegations. He denied them and said that’s ridiculous. His words, ‘that’s ridiculous,’” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said.

“Well, just an implication that ‘look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.’ And I think that they’re looking at that as part of a court case,” the secretary of state said.

Graham has stood by the president in the days following the election, explicitly stating that Trump “should not concede” during a November 8 appearance on Sunday Morning Futures.

“To my Republican colleagues out there, we have to fight back, or we will accept our fate,” he said at the time. Days later, he defended his call for Trump and his allies to question voter irregularities.

“We don’t need their permission to look into these allegations. We owe it to those who voted for President Trump and the country at large to test the system,” Graham said.


McCabe: ‘I didn’t see any indications of political bias’ from Peter Strzok

November 10, 2020

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe faced a harsh grilling by Republicans, including Chairman Lindsey Graham, who wasn’t letting McCabe evade his questions.

The hearing is part of the Committee’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence investigation into now-debunked allegations Trump’s campaign was in contact with Russia.

Tuesday’s hearing came to a head when McCabe painted a glowing picture of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok. “Senator, my experiences working with Peter Strzok, yes, I believe he was fair in the decisions that he made and the work that he did,” McCabe testified.

Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in 2017 and was fired by the bureau in 2018 over his anti-Trump emails and text messages with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page. Still, McCabe insists Strzok wasn’t politically motivated and did good work at the FBI.

“We had conversations on the evening that it was first shown the text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page and we made the decision to remove him and we reached out to Director Mueller’s team and they agreed with that. That’s my recollection.”

He continued, “The work that I saw Peter do on this case and other cases from that work and the decisions that he made, I did not see any indications of political bias.”



Tucker Carlson: GOP Establishment ‘Happy to Sell Out’ Voters with Amnesty

Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is “happy to sell out his voters with an amnesty deal” after he suggested finding “common ground” with Democrats on immigration.

During a segment Friday night, Carlson called out Graham — who just won reelection in South Carolina — for suggesting to the Senate Republican caucus that their agenda next year could include working with Democrats on amnesty for 11 to 22 million illegal aliens. Carlson asked:

Who’s excited to greet our new corporate overlords? Who plans to collaborate, particularly who on the right side, the Republican side, the side that said it was defending you. Who’s happy about all of this? That seems worth keeping track of just so we know who we’re dealing with here.

Carlson went on to say:

I was particularly interested … in the comments of Lindsey Graham who just won reelection in the state of South Carolina because conservatives voted for him … the people around Trump put a great deal of pressure on Lindsey Graham to send them money, so after a day or two, he made a great show of sending them $500,000.

But then on the issues that matter, Lindsey Graham immediately ran away from the ideas that he claimed to support and said that he would be happy to sell out his voters with an amnesty deal, like within hours of the election.

You have a deeply flawed party that refuses to protect its own voters and represent their legitimate interests but they are the only hope that this country doesn’t descend into something unrecognizable. It puts 70 million decent people in a tough spot.

Already, America First conservatives and immigration reformers are pushing back against Graham’s comments.

“The new base of the Republican Party is the American working class, of all races. ‘Common ground’ on immigration reform is code for amnesty, and amnesty is an insult to the millions who voted GOP in the election,” Bostonians Against Sanctuary Cities President Lou Murray told Breitbart News.

Currently, there are about 20 million Americans who are jobless or underemployed, mostly due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis, but all of whom want full-time jobs.

Economists have found that their job opportunities and wages can be easily diminished by high immigration levels.

One particular study by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steven Camarota revealed that for every one percent increase in the immigrant portion of American workers’ occupation, their weekly wages are cut by perhaps 0.5 percent. This means the average native-born American worker today has his weekly wages reduced by potentially 8.75 percent, since more than 17 percent of the workforce is foreign-born.

The high immigration policy is a boon for giant corporations, real estate investors, Wall Street, university systems, and Big Agriculture that can cash in on an economy that offers low wages to a flooded U.S. labor market.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


Sen. Graham will donate $500,000 to President Trump’s election legal fund

November 5, 2020

Listen to “Rep. Andy Biggs: Don’t be surprised if this election goes to the SCOTUS” on Spreaker.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham revealed Thursday night he is donating $500,000 to President Donald Trump’s election team’s legal fund.

It’s huge news for Trump’s legal team and it gave many of the President’s supporters faith that his cause, which should actually be the cause of the American people, has not been abandoned by the GOP establishment.

Graham beat Jaime Harrison in a tight race in South Carolina and appeared on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night.

A spokesperson for Graham said the money will come from his campaign account, which raised over $100 million, the Associated Press is reporting.

Meg Kinnard, an Associated Press reporter, tweeted that Graham said the Philadelphia elections are “crooked as a snake,” and “I think everything should be on the table,” with regard to legal action.

“Let’s stand with President Trump..he stood with us,” Kinnard quoted Graham.

President Trump’s son Eric Trump thanked Graham and posted on Twitter “Thank you for having a spine!”

“Fight this Fraud,” he added.

So true Eric, imagine if everyone got a spine and actually lived up to what was right. Graham is a good man and I regret the times I doubted him.

You can follow Sara Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC



South Carolina Federal Judge, Obama Appointee, Rules Signatures Don’t Have to Match Absentee Ballots

A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election authorities cannot discard absentee ballots whose signatures do not match those on file.

U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel, an appointee of President Barack Obama, said that the signature authorization procedures being used by local authorities were “subjective.”

The State, a Columbia, South Carolina-based newspaper, reported:

The ruling applies only to voter signature mismatches — when election officials determine a voter’s signature on an absentee ballot does not resemble the signature on file. Voters who return absentee ballots without their own signature or without a witness signature (unless they were received by Oct. 7) will still, as of this moment,have their votes discounted and not be afforded an opportunity to correct the deficiency.

While South Carolina law directs poll managers to compare voters’ signatures on the poll list — where they sign their name before voting — with their signature on their identification card, nothing in the state code expressly allows county boards of voter registration and elections to employ any type of signature matching procedure upon receipt of an absentee ballot …

The judge added that matching the signatures was a significant “burden”on the right to vote, the Washington Post noted.

The state is in the midst of an intense battle over the Senate seat held by Republican Lindsey Graham, who faces a challenge from Jaime Harrison, the most well-funded Senate candidate in American history.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump’s Presidency. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Senate Confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

The Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday night, making her the third justice to join the nation’s highest court under President Donald Trump.

The Senate confirmed Barrett along partisan lines, 52-48.

Barrett will become the third justice to join the Supreme Court since Trump took office, after a Senate Republican majority confirmed Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the court.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the confirmation of Barrett “will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.”

The Senate vote concludes a relatively undramatic confirmation process compared to Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced in early October, or early during the confirmation process, that Senate Republicans had the votes to confirm Barrett.

The confirmation hearings also had few contentious moments as the Senate Judiciary Committee swiftly advanced Barrett out of committee last week.

Barrett spoke about her judicial philosophy and her qualifications for the Supreme Court without using any notes, which Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) found impressive.

The relative ease with which the Senate Judiciary Committee managed to advance Barrett led the Washington Post and several leftists to call for Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) retirement. Many leftists were particularly incensed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Feinstein at the confirmation hearings conclusion.

The Post wrote:

If that wasn’t enough to anger Democrats — who have spent this week trying to paint Barrett’s nomination process as a sham — Feinstein also thanked the committee’s chair, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), and then walked across the room to wrap him in a hug. Never mind that neither senator was wearing a face mask. Many Democrats were so much more incensed about what that hug symbolized — a final white flag, a compliment for Graham after a comparatively tame week of questioning — that, hours later, at least two liberal activist groups called for Feinstein to go.

Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, said, “It’s time for Senator Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene.”

Schumer said he had a “long and serious talk” with Feinstein regarding handling the confirmation hearings.

The Democrats’ inability to slow down Barrett’s confirmation might result from polling, which found that a majority of Americans want Barrett confirmed to the nation’s highest court.

It may explain why Schumer also led a largely symbolic effort to convince Republicans to vote against Barrett on Friday in a brief but rare closed-door session.

Murphy claimed on Sunday that the battle to confirm Barrett is a “fight to the end. No hyperbole – it’s life or death stakes.”

Despite Democrats’ tepid opposition to Barrett’s confirmation, the Senate approved her on Monday night. Now, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will swear in Barrett to the nation’s highest court at the White House on Monday evening.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Graham: Biden’s Position on Oil the ‘Dumbest Idea in the World That Is on the Ballot’

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks about oil near the end of last week’s presidential debate.

The South Carolina Republican called Biden’s comments “the dumbest idea in the world,” and explained that it was a choice on the November 3 ballot.

“Well, it is going to destroy our economy,” he said. “If we go out of the oil and gas business, millions of Americans will lose their job. Everybody who produces oil in the Middle East will be stronger. We will lose our energy independence. If we go down the road charted by Biden and Harris, China and India will be the biggest winners. We’re going to cripple our economy in the name of saving the environment. We’re not going to ask China and India to change their behavior at all. But to destroy the oil and gas business will be a boom for the Middle East. It will make us energy-dependent. Our foreign policy will change.”

“It is the dumbest idea in the world that is on the ballot,” Graham continued. “The radical nature of the Biden-Harris regime could not be more radical than destroying the oil and gas industry, making us dependent on people in the Middle East who hate our guts. You know, my opponent raised $109 million to take me out. They want the Senate so badly. They’re trying to destroy this President who has had the best presidency since Ronald Reagan. So help me. I’m up here fighting for Amy, Judge. I’m not going home until we get her on the court, Tell every friend you’ve got. If you don’t have a friend, go make a friend. You don’t want America to be out of the oil and gas business and be dependent on the Middle East all over again, Help me.”

Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor


‘We did it’: Senate Judiciary Republicans approve advancement of Judge Barrett’s Nomination

October 22, 2020


The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve the advancement of Judge Amy Coney Barret’s, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, nomination to a full Senate vote. Twelve members voted in favor of the move, while 10 members voted “not present.”

After the motion passed, the Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said, “We did it. We did it. Judge Barrett’s going to the floor. I hope you look back on this time on the Committee and say I was there when it mattered and you were.”



Senate Judiciary Committee Will Subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over NY Post Censorship

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced plans to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after the platform engaged in an unprecedented censorship spree, suspending the account of the New York Post, and locking the accounts of the Trump campaign as well as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in the space of 24 hours.

Twitter also censored links to the website of the House Judiciary Committee, although it later backtracked, calling this decision an “error.”

Via the Wall Street Journal:

The subpoena would require the Twitter executive to testify on Oct. 23 before the committee, according to the Republicans who announced the hearing.

GOP lawmakers are singling out Twitter because it prevented users from posting links to the articles, which the Post said were based on email exchanges with Hunter Biden, the Democratic candidate’s son, provided by allies of President Trump. Those people in turn said they received them from a computer-repair person who found them on a laptop, according to the Post.

The Wall Street Journal hasn’t independently verified the Post articles.

“This is election interference, and we are 19 days out from an election,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), a committee member who discussed the subpoena with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), told reporters. “Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication with serious allegations of corruption of one of the two candidates for president.”

The unprecedented censorship of the past few days was catalyzed by a scramble to suppress the New York Post’s publication of material indicating that Joe Biden, while Vice President, met with an executive at Burisma, the Ukrainian gas giant for which his son Hunter Biden worked.

The former VP previously said, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

The meeting occurred in the same year that Biden, in his own words, pressured the Ukrainian government to fire a state prosecutor that had been investigating the company.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.


Sen. Judiciary Committee to vote to subpoena Twitter CEO over censorship of Hunter Biden exposé

October 15, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced that on Tuesday they will vote to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over his platform suppressing two New York Post articles about exclusively obtained emails alleging that Hunter Biden took advantage of the position of his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, in his business dealings abroad.

Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced the news of this subpoena vote and an expected October 23 hearing to reporters Thursday morning.

“The committee today will be noticing a mark-up on Tuesday to issue a subpoena to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Friday,” Sen. Cruz said.

The committee’s reasoning, Cruz explained, is to have Dorsey “come before this committee and the American people and explain why Twitter is abusing their corporate power to silence the press and to cover up allegations of corruption.”

“And let me be clear, I don’t know if these New York Post stories are true or not,” Cruz added after. “Those are questions Vice President Biden should answer. But Twitter and Facebook and Big Tech billionaires don’t get to censor political speech and actively interfere in the election. That’s what they’re doing right now.”

Following the uproar against Twitter’s action, Jack Dorsey said late Wednesday that he regretted how Twitter handled the situation.

“Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great,” the social media executive wrote. “And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”

According to Twitter, the platform red-flagged the articles for supposedly violating its policy about posting content and information that doesn’t belong to the publisher. The Post obtained a hard drive with the emails on them, coming from a laptop brought to a repair shop in Delaware, Biden’s home state. Biden’s presidential campaign has denied the allegations made by the Post.

Whenever users wanted to share one of the Post‘s articles, they’d be met with a pop-up, saying, “We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful.” Anybody who wanted to open or retweet the hyperlink already shared on the platform were also told by Twitter before clicking that the “link may be unsafe.”

At the time of this announcement, Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were already planning to testify on October 28 before the Senate Commerce Committee regarding content published on their platform by users.

RELATED: Senate Authorizes Subpoenas for Big Tech CEOs

The Senate is already jam-packed with important votes and hearings, such as the aforementioned Commerce Committee hearing and the vote to confirm nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. With 19 days until Election Day, this newest event on the calendar carries the potential shake up the conversation about censorship, misinformation, and social media, especially when reporting the election.

Only one thing is for sure, Dorsey and Zuckerberg better book hotel rooms for multiple nights in Washington, DC.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.