Swalwell Accuses Graham of Committing a Felony On Camera
During a break in Wednesday’s Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham stopped to chat with the media assembled in the hallway. Asked about his contentious race to hold on to his Senate seat–Graham is now trailing his opponent, Jaime Harrison, by a very narrow margin–the beleaguered South Carolina Senator made a plea for more campaign donations while making his remarks.
“I think people in South Carolina are excited about Judge Barrett,” said Graham, who was wearing a mask despite his refusal to take a COVID19 test. “I don’t know how much it affected fundraising today, but if you want to help me close the gap…I think the contest in South Carolina has taken on sort of a national profile.”
The problem is, that’s a felony, and the sharp-eyed Eric Swalwell, a former California prosecutor, jumped on Twitter to publicly accuse Graham of committing a crime.
“@LindseyGrahamSC just committed a crime in plain sight,” Swalwell tweeted.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) October 15, 2020
Indeed, Graham using this opportunity to solicit donations is indeed a direct violation of US Code 607, which deems “It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit or receive a donation of money or other thing of value in connection with a Federal, State, or local election from a person who is located in a room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an officer or employee of the United States.”
Swalwell also famously busted Graham and his fellow Senator Ron Johnson for laundering Russian propaganda. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Swalwell is within his rights to bring formal charges against Graham. No charges had been announced as of late Thursday afternoon.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.