The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday grilled Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about President Donald Trump’s allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
The panel is expected to return to the subject on Friday morning.
Graham has called the allegations “absolutely ridiculous,” but has not offered specifics.
He said he will hold hearings on the issue and he’s confident the Senate will find out.
“I think that’s going to be the first question,” Graham said.
He was responding to a question about the president’s allegation that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and other political groups in an effort to help Trump.
“We’re going to have to make sure we’re going after these guys.
We’ll be able to,” Graham added.
Graham, a former chairman of the Armed Services panel, said he does not believe Russia interfered in the election.
“No, I don’t,” Graham responded.
“They’ve never tried to do anything like that.
I have no reason to believe that.
They’ve never done anything like this.”
Graham said he’s optimistic that the Senate would find out about the allegations.
“The president has to be concerned,” Graham told the committee.
“He has to make a case for why he wants to make the claim.
If he says that, I’ll say that’s not true.
And I don.
“You have a country that is a rogue state, that is being used for purposes that are reprehensible.” “
It’s an extremely dangerous situation,” Graham continued.
“You have a country that is a rogue state, that is being used for purposes that are reprehensible.”
Trump has said Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election was an attempt to sway the election against him.
Graham’s comments come amid an ongoing feud between Trump and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is a former Republican National Committee member and a Trump surrogate.
Trump has repeatedly accused Gingrich of lying to Congress and of having ties to Russia.