On Monday (August 29), a former senior official at the Department of Justice slammed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) for comments he made warning of “riots in the streets” should former President Donald Trump be prosecuted for his handling of classified material seized from his Mar-a-Lago home.
Former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, Mary McCord expressed her disdain for Graham’s remarks on CNN’s “New Day.”
McCord claimed, “I think it’s incredibly irresponsible for an elected official to basically make veiled threats of violence, just if law enforcement and the Department of Justice and a grand jury does their job.”
McCord, who now holds an executive role at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP), expressed her belief that Graham’s comments are a continuation of former President Donald Trump’s wink-and-nod” game plan, the McCord believes indirectly emboldens supporters to be increasingly violent.
Pointing to the events of January 6, McCord said that both Trump and Graham were aware of the ramifications of their remarks. She noted, “People are angry, they may be violent,” adding that the two Republicans know “is that people listen to that and people actually mobilize and do things.”
McCord’s remarks come after Graham, during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Night Standard,” in which he lamented the disparity between the Hillary Clinton investigation and what Trump was facing.
He continued, “if there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information … there’ll be riots in the streets.”