Graham attends energy conference, talks about Mar-a-Lago and student loans

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham stressed the importance of energy independence Monday at the Southern States Energy Board’s annual meeting in Charleston.

Graham also explained why he thinks it’s important to keep a place for natural gas in the economy. The conference theme is “Clean Energy Fuels Growth,” and Graham says that means investing in nuclear power here in South Carolina.

The senator said it was important for him to attend the conference so that he had the opportunity to speak to southern energy leaders about the future of clean energy and how power companies that inhabit South Carolina are involved.

Besides the topic of energy, Graham also clarified comments he made in an interview with Fox News on Sunday night. He suggested that prosecuting Donald Trump over classified documents found at the former president’s home in Mar-a-Lago could spark riots in the streets. He compared the situation to former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton using a private email server for classified government information.

“America can’t live with that kind of double standard. I thought what she did was wrong, but she got a pass at the end of the day. If there’s a lawsuit against President Trump, based on mishandling of classified information, after what happened with Hillary Clinton there will be frustration and, I fear, violence,” Graham said. “I refuse the violence. I am not calling for violence. Violence is not the answer, but I am only telling you that.

He said the FBI and Justice Department are made up of hard-working people, but called the raid “not surprising in the wrong direction.”

When the White House announced that parts of student loans would be forgiven, Graham called it “one of the worst ideas.” He says the decision will add to the country’s deficit and the burden will fall on the many workers of South Carolina and the country.

“You’re helping a very small group of people at the expense of many,” he said. “Imagine what we could do with that amount of money to have all ordinary ordinary workers because I think it was a bad decision, I think it was politically motivated. They’re trying to buy votes.

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