Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said his legislative chamber will absolutely pursue an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, if the House does not do so.
Speaking to a group of reporters in his home state of South Carolina, Graham said he appreciates the elder Biden as a person but said his “conscience is clear” pursuing an investigation into him.
“My conscience is clear. I love Joe Biden as a person, he is a really decent man, he’s had a lot of tragedy in his life, but I have a conscience very clear right now. And I have a duty, if the House is going to shut it down the Senate is going to pick it up,” Graham said per the Hill.
“I’m not saying Joe did anything wrong, but I want to see the transcripts, and if there’s nothing there I’ll be the first one to say there’s nothing there,” the Republican continued.
“I believe that Hunter Biden’s association on that board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same boat they would be eaten alive by the media,” he added via the report.
The Hill reports Graham also said “we’re not going to live in a country where only one party gets investigated” where only “Donald Trump and his family gets looked at.”
In a tweet on Monday morning, Graham echoed these sentiments: “I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest.”
“I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test,” he said, commenting that if Biden were of a different political party he would “certainly be investigated!”
I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest.
I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test.
If a Republican was in the same position, they’d certainly be investigated!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 25, 2019
The Hill adds:
“I like Joe Biden. All I can say is that Joe didn’t pull any punches when he ran against McCain. That’s the way the system works. I like him fine, but we’re not going to have two systems,” Graham added.
He made similar comments Monday in an interview on Fox News Radio, saying his “friendship with these people” won’t keep him from “asking questions that somebody needs to ask.”
Graham also railed against the House impeachment probe into President Trump. The senator told reporters in Charleston he supported former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the president because he “trusted” Mueller — but echoed Trump in depicting the House inquiry as a partisan fight.
“I do not trust what’s going on in the House of Representatives. I do not trust Adam Schiff to be fair to the president,” Graham said, referring to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
A potential investigation into the Bidens from Graham or other Republicans in Congress would fulfill a request straight from the White House.
President Trump has repeatedly claimed Biden should be investigated for threatening to withhold foreign aid from going to Ukraine until they fired a federal prosecutor. This is something Biden seemed to brag about during a 2018 Q&A with the Council on Foreign Relations.