When you’re the President of the United States and you’re being impeached, and the best surrogates you can find are the likes of Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani, it means you’re in real trouble. To give you an idea of how badly Rudy is blowing it, his co-conspirators in the Ukraine scandal were arrested last night. But it turns out Graham may have made an even bigger mess of things – and he got caught on tape.
Professional pranksters love nothing more than to call up political figures and trick them into thinking they’re speaking with foreign leaders, and a pair of them have managed to fool Lindsey Graham. That in and of itself is not embarrassing; the same thing happened to Adam Schiff earlier this year. What really matters is what you end up saying when you think you’re conversing with a foreign official. That’s where Lindsey is in some real trouble – and so is Trump.
During the phone call, Lindsey Graham told the fake Turkish official that Donald Trump was interested in a “Turkish bank case,” according to Politico, which has obtained a recording of the call. This is pretty obviously a reference to the U.S. federal criminal case against Turkish criminal Reza Zarrab. When you combine this with what we learned last night, it becomes clear that Graham just admitted to Trump’s guilt in a criminal matter.
Last night it was reported that in 2017, Donald Trump asked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to work with Rudy Giuliani try to get Reza Zarrab off the hook. Giuliani was Zarrab’s legal counsel at the time. Zarrab also has professional ties to Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. If the reports are proven true, it means Trump committed a felony by asking Tillerson to sabotage the DOJ’s case – and now Lindsey Graham just admitted on tape that Trump really was trying to meddle in the Zarrab case.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report