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#LindseyGrahamResign trends on Twitter

The Hill logo The Hill 5/14/2019 Morgan Gstalter
Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of President Trump's most vocal supporters, after harshly criticizing Trump in the past. © Greg Nash Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of President Trump's most vocal supporters, after harshly criticizing Trump in the past.

Calls for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to resign began trending on Twitter Tuesday morning after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman encouraged President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. to plead the Fifth.

Graham on Monday said Trump Jr. should refuse to answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which subpoenaed Trump Jr. to testify about his communication with Russian officials.

"You just show up and plead the Fifth and it's over with," Graham told reporters, referring to the amendment that protects citizens from self-incrimination, according to The Washington Post.

The official Twitter account for Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super PAC that targets Republican officials and candidates, called for Graham to resign following the comments.

"Retweet if you agree. #LindseyGrahamResign," the group posted.

The group wrote that Graham "has abdicated his responsibilities as a U.S. Senator and has clearly abandoned his oath to uphold the Constitution and defend the rule of law."

The Hill has reached out to Graham's office for comment.

The hashtag quickly gained momentum online, with more than 65,000 people using it on Twitter.

The GOP-led Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly subpoenaed Trump Jr. after the president's eldest son backed out of two scheduled interviews regarding the panel's ongoing investigation into Russian election interference, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told colleagues at a GOP caucus luncheon Thursday that Trump Jr. voluntarily agreed to be interviewed twice but later withdrew, three people familiar with the remarks told the AP.

Trump Jr. and the committee had been in negotiations since December and interviews were scheduled for March and April, sources familiar with Burr's remarks told the news service.

Senators on the Intelligence Committee want to review Trump Jr.'s 2017 interview and ask further questions, the AP reported. The AP noted that Trump Jr.'s is the first known subpoena of a member of the president's immediate family.

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