Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday sought to defend his probe of Hunter Biden’s business activities in Ukraine at the same time that House Democrats are investigating Trump’s pressure on the country’s leadership.
“I’m doing this because somebody needs to do it,” Graham said during an appearance on Fox News Radio. “We’re not going to allow a system in America where only one side gets looked at.”
Graham requested new documents Thursday from the State Department, attempting to uncover additional information related to Hunter Biden’s activities when he served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
Trump has pressed Zelensky to investigate those activities, as well as a claim that Joe Biden, as vice president, put pressure on Ukraine to fire its lead prosecutor to protect his son. That claim has been widely disputed by people familiar with the investigation.
Joe Biden lashed out at Graham, a longtime friend, during a television interview on Friday, saying he was “embarrassed by what you’re doing.”
Graham told host Brian Kilmeade that he was disappointed in Biden’s reaction.
“My friendship with Joe Biden — if it can’t withstand me doing my job, then it’s not the friendship I thought,” Graham said.
He echoed those sentiments shortly afterward on Twitter.
“I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest,” Graham tweeted. “I believe Hunter Biden’s association on the Burisma board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same position, they’d certainly be investigated!”