Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once vowed that there would be holy hell to pay if President Donald Trump ever fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Yet when Sessions got the boot on Wednesday ― his letter said he resigned at the presidents request ― Graham offered a different message.
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I look forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces, he said in a statement online.
Graham also praised Sessions, saying he had served our nation well and honorably and dedicated his whole life to conservatism and upholding the Rule of Law.
Lindsay Graham: "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency." pic.twitter.com/CZGyL8i3D5
The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, he said. And I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice.
There have been rumors that Graham was being considered for the attorney general job. Last month, he claimed Trump jokingly asked if he wanted it. Graham told CNN that he rejected the overture.
'If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.' — Lindsey Graham in 2017@LindseyGrahamSC could you explain this, sycophant?#coward #ProtectMueller #flipflops
The House Freedom Caucus hand has been strengthened, along with the power of Trumps loyalists in the Senate. Many Democrats in Congress will either owe their seats to the Resistance or will want to run against Trump in 2020 (or both). After the midterm elections came and went with no October surprise, rumors are once again swirling around the Mueller probe. Things are going to get ugly fast.
Me, waiting for @LindseyGrahamSC to do literally anything after saying: "If Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay", in July 2017 pic.twitter.com/EFYHOjZgB5
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