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Creative protesters spell out frustration with Lindsey Graham over Mueller report

Protesters gather outside of the Columbia office of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, leaving a message in flip flops.
Protesters gather outside of the Columbia office of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, leaving a message in flip flops. Submitted by Indivisible Midlands

Protesters gathered outside the Columbia, S.C., office of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday, demanding a release of the full Mueller report.

The protest included members of the activist group Indivisible Midlands, according to a news release. Using props, they accused Graham of reversing course on the issue of making the full report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller available to Congress and the American public.

Armed with hundreds of flip-flops, the protesters spelled out “Release the Mueller Report!” outside the office of Graham, who is the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.

The protest directed at Graham was “to let him know that constituents are tired of his constant #FlipFlopping,” according to a Facebook post by Indivisible Midlands.



Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign to see if there was collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, or if there was obstruction of justice. The report found there was no collusion but did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, according to a summary by Attorney General William Barr, McClatchy reported.

Based on that, Barr and and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined no further charges should be filed, according to his four-page summary to Congress.

In a news release, Graham’s protesters said Barr is covering up for the president, and they want Graham to stop blocking the release of the Mueller report.

“This is a cover-up,” Columbia resident and political activist Drew Hudson said in the news release. “Congress and the public need to see special counsel Mueller’s underlying evidence and findings — and Lindsey Graham needs to stop blocking the vote on resolutions and legislation to make the report public.”

In a move he said was taken to make a point, Graham blocked a vote in the Senate on a bill to make the report public, after it passed in the House by a vote of 420-0, The State reported.

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Protestors gather outside of the Columbia office of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, leaving a message in flip flops. Hayden Blakeney Submitted by Indivisible Midlands

Along with the flip flops, protesters said they brought a petition with 1,200 signatures in addition to letters from South Carolina voters calling for the full report to be made public, according to the news release.

Graham’s office had no comment on the flip-flop protest, but spokesman Kevin Bishop told The State “Senator Graham has said he’s hopeful that Attorney General Barr would have a version of the report ‘in weeks, not months’ that can be publicly viewable.”

South Carolina’s senior senator said he plans to speak with Barr on Tuesday night “about releasing a redacted version” of the Mueller report, Politico reported. The information that would not be released would include grand jury testimony and U.S. Intelligence, according to the news agency.

“We’re here to make sure he gets the point that we need him to take action and make sure Mueller’s full report is released to the public,” Hudson said of Tuesday’s protest.

For his part, the president has shown approval for making the Mueller report public, saying “let them see it,” on March 20, the Washington Post reported.

“Let people see it. That’s up to the attorney general ... and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, according to the newspaper.

At a rally in Columbia, SC, Donald Trump talks about Sen. Lindsey Graham and their once rocky relationship.



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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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