WATCH: Graham Says Senate Intel Committee Plans to Call the Whistleblower

Appearing on “Sunday Morning Futures” Senator Lindsey Graham revealed that the Senate Intel Committee plans to call the Whistleblower.

“I want to understand how all this crap started” Graham told Maria Bartiromo.

“If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. Graham said “If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again.”

WashingtonExaminer reports the Senate Intelligence Committee plans to call the whistleblower whose complaint was the impetus for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, according to a top Republican senator.

With impeachment headed to a likely acquittal next week, Sen. Lindsey Graham described on Sunday how Republicans in the chamber are gearing up for investigations on three fronts.

“The Senate Intel Committee under Richard Burr has told us that they will call the whistleblower,” the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures.

“I want to understand how all this crap started,” he added.

WATCH:

The impeachment effort began to take root with the emergence last year of a whistleblower complaint raising concerns about a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which the American leader pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate the Bidens and other Democrats.

The complaint, which the intelligence community inspector general determined to be urgent and credible, was submitted by a CIA analyst whose identity has never been publicly confirmed.

Republicans have accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is now the lead impeachment manager, of being “complicit” with the whistleblower because the person met with a House Intelligence Committee aide seeking guidance before filing the complaint and because the California Democrat recruited two former National Security Council aides who worked alongside the CIA official some believe to be the whistleblower at the NSC in the Obama and Trump administrations.

“If the whistleblower is a former employee of — associate of Joe Biden, I think that would be important. If the whistleblower was working with people on Schiff’s staff that wanted to take Trump down a year-and-a-half ago, I think that would be important. If the Schiff staff people helped write the complaint, that would be important. We’re going to get to the bottom of all of this to make sure this never happens again,” Graham said.

Sen. Richard Burr, who hails from North Carolina, said last year he “absolutely” wanted to hear from the whistleblower, but Republican members of his panel were split on the matter as House impeachment proceedings were underway. A spokesperson for Burr did not immediately return a request for comment on whether the panel is now prepared to call the whistleblower.