Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Sen. Lindsey Graham Grilling FBI Director Christopher Wray On The Mar-a-Lago Raid

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  • by: Uliana Malashenko
Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Sen. Lindsey Graham Grilling FBI Director Christopher Wray On The Mar-a-Lago Raid Fact Check: This Video Does NOT Show Sen. Lindsey Graham Grilling FBI Director Christopher Wray On The Mar-a-Lago Raid Unrelated Shots

Does a Facebook video capture a scene showing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina demanding that FBI Director Christopher Wray disclose the name of the person who ordered the raid of Donald Trump's residence in Florida? No, that's not true: The clip simply doesn't contain the exchange promised in its headline.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post published by @1402Russia on August 29, 2022. The caption said:

"WHO ORDERED THE RAID!" Brave Senator TORCHES FBI Director Wray

The attached video opened with a shot of Lindsey Graham saying:

Well, number one. Violence is not the answer to any political problem. We have institutions in this country, and there is a lack of faith in many of them for a reason. But here is what I would say. I would say that we need to go to the ballot box to take out our frustration, that Republicans like myself... You know, I supported the Mueller investigation ...

At the 00:42 mark, the senator said:

What did I learn from the Mueller investigation: the FBI --- when it comes to Trump -- lost their way. This unending desire to destroy Trump and his family is frustrating.

Here is how the video appeared on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 3116:34:04 2022 UTC)

These were the shots from Graham's joint press conference with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster centered on the Inflation Reduction Act, with no FBI speakers involved in the appearance. Graham's remarks about the FBI came out as an answer to one of the questions. But the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, mentioned by Graham, ended in 2019, more than three years before the search of the Mar-a-Lago properties.

FBI Director Christopher Wray doesn't appear in the video until the 2:56 mark. That fragment shows a judiciary committee hearing on China, Afghanistan and other security-related topics. The full recording of the event was posted on Graham's verified YouTube account on August 4, 2022, four days before the Mar-a-Lago raid. Thus, the senator could not discuss the consequences of the search before it took place.

It's noteworthy that the Facebook video appeared on the page of @1402Russia, with the word "Russia" being consistently omitted from the name of the source in all group's videos:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 31 16:51:25 2022 UTC)

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  Uliana Malashenko

Uliana Malashenko is a New York-based freelance writer and fact checker.

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