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Graham Says Trump Loyalists Will React Violently If Former President Is Indicted

By Truthout

On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) suggested on Fox News that officials should stop inquiries into former President Donald Trump’s misconduct, warning that an indictment against the former chief executive could result in violence by his loyalists.

Graham, himself a Trump loyalist, didn’t acknowledge the attack on the U.S. Capitol building by a mob of Trump’s most ardent followers on January 6, 2021, in his comments.

Instead, Graham suggested that inquiries into Trump were political and claimed that “there is no law” that the Department of Justice (DOJ) or other agencies adhere to.

“It’s all about getting him. There is a double standard when it comes to Trump,” Graham said.

The senator’s comments brush off evidence of Trump’s misdeeds, including his mishandling of hundreds of highly classified documents, which the former president improperly stored at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida even after receiving a subpoena order for the return of the documents earlier this year.

Many of the materials that Trump kept at his Mar-a-Lago estate dealt with sensitive matters relating to national security.

Graham said that Trump’s supporters would react violently if the DOJ charged the former president with a crime.

“If there is a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information…there will be riots in the street,” Graham said.

Graham’s warning, which he repeated later on in the program, was shared by Trump on his Truth Social profile.

Many on social media condemned Graham’s comments.

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