South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday joined a growing number of Senate Republicans calling for President-elect Joe Biden to be given classified presidential daily briefs, or PDBs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and recurrent golf partner of President Trump told CNN Biden should be given the PDBs soon. The Trump administration has not provided the briefings saying it’s unclear if Biden won the election.
Graham, a 2016 Trump adversary who became one of his closest allies, said, “Yeah, I think he should” get access to the secret sessions, which have been withheld pending the outcome of Trump’s legal challenges and state recounts.
Many other Senate Republicans this week said Biden should be given the daily briefings — which would supplement other less frequent classified briefings which he’s received since September as a presidential candidate.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Senate Republican, got behind the idea Thursday.
“Well, I think that it probably makes sense to prepare for all contingencies,” Thune said. “As these election challenges play out in court, I don’t have a problem with, and I think it’s important from a national security standpoint, continuity. And you’ve seen other members suggesting that. I think that makes sense.”
Trump swiped at Thune in August when the senator said it was “problematic” for Trump to host his Republican National Convention speech at the White House.
“John Thune did? Right, the Republican John Thune? Well, it is legal,” Trump told reporters at the time.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) also said he believes Biden should get the briefings, saying, “I don’t think that would hurt.”
And Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also backed the push, telling reporters, “I would think — especially on classified briefings — the answer is yes.”
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