Graham says he'll hold Senate hearing on Flynn case in early June

Graham says he will invite Flynn to testify at the hearing

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Sen. Lindsey Graham in June 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham in June 2018
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Updated: May 11, 2020 - 6:32pm

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the chamber's Judiciary Committee, says his panel will have a hearing in the first week of June on the Justice Department and FBI's handling of their now-dropped case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Graham spoke Saturday, two days after Attorney General William Barr asked a federal court to dismiss the case. 

Flynn in a plea agreement admitted in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents working on a federal Russian collusion probe.

However, the retired lieutenant Army general attempted in recent months to vacate the plea, amid growing evidence that agents went outside the probe to get Flynn to confess.

"What I'm trying to do is the Flynn case is over, at least I hope it will be over by the first week in June. So I can tell you tonight that we're gonna have our first hearing the first week in June. It's about the Flynn case, how it got so off the rails," Graham, a South Carolina Republican said Saturday night on Fox News. "My job is to bring oversight to the table, political accountability."

Graham says he intends to invite Flynn to testify and to have Justice Department officials explain their decision to come out against the Flynn prosecution. 

Graham said that he will also call then-Deputy Attorney Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to testify.

The senator said he cannot compel testimony from Rep. Adam Schiff, who led the House Intelligence committee's probe into whether Flynn or other members of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the race. However, he will invite the California Democrat to speak.

Timeline of the Justice Department's Case Against Michael Flynn