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Lindsey Graham said he doesn’t support calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his review of the Russia probe, according to Fox News.

Graham suggests Obama is exempt due to his executive privilege. Graham said that he does not want to “wreak havoc on the institution” of the president.

“So, if I find something that makes me suspicious of President Obama, if he may have been part of committing a crime against General Flynn or anyone else, I will turn that over to Mr. [John] Durham,” Graham said.

“I’m going to call the Mueller people back in and ask them, what evidence did you have in 2017 when the investigation was started that Trump people were colluding with the Russians? There has to be a legal basis to empower the special counsel,” Graham said.

“I want to ask [Rod] Rosenstein: ‘What was the legal basis? What evidence did you have that Carter Page was working with the Russians?'” he said.

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“I want to know, what were the reasons for these unmasking requests?” Graham asked. “And, here’s what would be wrong. It would be wrong to take a national security tool and turn it into a political tool. Were they trying to set General Flynn up? They didn’t like him. They wanted him to be fired. They recommended — Obama — not [to] hire him. Were they out to get him? Were they using the intelligence apparatus as a way to undermine General Flynn’s credibility and viability?” Graham continued.

“Those are the [types] of questions that we will be asking in the Judiciary Committee,” Graham told Fox News.

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Lastly, in Graham’s quest to “investigate the investigators” he wants to figure out why Attorney Gen. William Barr’s Justice Department motioned to dismiss Flynn’s case mere days ago. Plus, he wants to talk with former Obama-era Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

“I want to call Sally Yates to talk about the conversation that she had with President Obama on January the fifth. Why was she surprised that

On Thursday, Graham declared that his panel would hold hearings in early June as part of its investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation — code-named “Crossfire Hurricane” — and would focus on unmasking, abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

The announcement was made just hours following President Trump’s tweet demanding that Graham call Obama to testify before his committee.

In response, Graham raised serious concerns about the implications of calling the former president to testify saying he is “greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight.”

He added that while “both presidents are welcome to come before the committee and share their concerns about each other,” he has “great doubts about whether it would be wise for the country.”

President Trump is urging Congress to call former President Obama to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as a pair of Republican Senators have revealed the identities of Obama administration officials involved in the Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn “unmasking” scandal.

Taking to Twitter, Trump said he would be calling for the testimony if he were a member of Congress and specifically told Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to “do it” too.

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“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,” Trump said in the tweet. “He knew EVERYTHING. Do it Lindsey Graham, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”

As the Washington Examiner reports, Graham responded to the tweet in a statement raising concerns about the possibility of Obama testifying.

“I am greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight. No president is above the law. However, the presidency has executive privilege claims against other branches of government,” he said.

Graham also addressed the release of the Obama administration officials in a series of tweets.

The Washington Examiner adds:

Trump’s tweet followed the Wednesday release of a memo, declassified by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, which contained a list of Obama administration officials who received information in response to unmasking requests targeting Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Among the people on the list were former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. His campaign responded to the release by criticizing Grenell, as well as the GOP senators who publicly released the memo for “their gross politicization of the intelligence process.”

Obama’s name was not seen on the partially redacted list, but several other members of his administration did make appearances.