Graham Surrenders Phone To FBI, Anticipates Partial Immunity For Trump In Court

Sen. Lindsey Graham found himself handing over his cellphone to the FBI Wednesday after falling victim to a hacker impersonating Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The South Carolina Republican discussed the incident during a Capitol Hill event on artificial intelligence.

“You know, my phone is in the hands of the FBI now,” the 68-year-old senator revealed at the Hill & Valley Forum. According to Graham, he received a message he believed was from Schumer, but it turned out to be a fake. “Next thing you know, my phone’s, I don’t know what,” he added.

Taylor Reidy, Graham’s spokesperson, confirmed the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms is looking into “a possible hack of Senator Graham’s phone.” The Sergeant at Arms, tasked with overseeing cybersecurity for the chamber, apparently warned senators about a phishing scheme just days earlier.

Known for his hawkish foreign policy views, Graham ranks as the top Republican on both the Senate Judiciary and Budget Committees. In recent years, he has also become one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in the Senate.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Graham predicted the Supreme Court will grant Trump immunity for some actions taken during his presidency, but not blanket immunity. “I think the court’s going to find that presidential immunity exists for President Trump like every other president,” he said. “But you’ve got to be within the scope of being president.”

The senator dismissed concerns about voters needing to know the outcomes of Trump’s various court cases before November’s election. “I think most people have written this off. They’re going to focus on their problems. Not a bunch of cases brought by liberals against Trump,” he argued.

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