Graham Cites ‘Double Standard’ Over Trump, Clinton Cases

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the pending charges against former President Donald Trump over his alleged handling of classified documents. Graham, who endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid for the White House, came to his defense this week.

The South Carolina senator said that the indictment would make Trump “stronger” politically. He further said that the charges against Trump under the Espionage Act were “completely wrong.” 

He said that if “you’re the Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton, secretary of state, you can set up a private server in your basement to conduct government business.” 

Graham then cited evidence that Clinton’s team destroyed crucial evidence surrounding the retention of approximately 30,000 emails with a program called BleachBit and the destruction of phones with a hammer. 

Graham also cited that Clinton’s confidant Huma Abedin sent classified information to the laptop of her then-husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), to print. 

For the senator, this represented a different legal treatment. In addition, Graham cited classified materials found in the private residences of President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence.

“This double standard is real in the minds of most Republicans,” Graham said.

“Most Americans believe, most Republicans believe, that the law is used as a weapon against Donald Trump,” he said.

Graham was not the only senator to point to the differential treatment between the presidential contenders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) cited President Gerald Ford’s pardon of former President Richard Nixon and the Trump administration’s decision not to prosecute Clinton. 

In contrast, he said that “Biden’s DOJ decided to target Trump, conduct a SWAT team search and indict a former president, interfering in yet another election.”

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) said in a statement that “the news of another indictment against the former president should concern all of us.” 

He also said that he was “concerned about the Department of Justice’s decision to pursue this case against the former president at a time when our current president has also admitted to the possession of classified documents.”