Sen. Graham on NSA scandal, immigration reform
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Sen. Lindsey Graham took to the Sunday talk show circuit to sound off on the latest hot button issues, including saying he thinks 29-year-old Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from the National Security Agency, should be arrested.
The former intelligence community contract worker admitted to leaking classified national security information. Graham said that Snowden compromised national security and wants to see Snowden arrested but he is unclear of what charges he should face.
"Bring him to justice and let a prosecutor make that decision, not a politician," Graham said. "I think what he did is a compromise on our national security and I've got a very simple view of the world and you can blame me for being simple in complex times."
Graham went on to say that if surveillance programs do not continue in this country, another attack on America is very likely. Privacy advocates have raised concerns over the extent of the surveillance including monitoring of millions of emails and cell phone calls.
"I believe we should be listening to terrorists, known terrorist e-mails, following their e-mails and following their phone calls and if they're e-mailing somebody in the United States or calling somebody in the United States, I would like to get a judge's permission to monitor that phone call," he said.
The South Carolina Republican Senator also took the Sunday morning platform to sound off on immigration reform. Big votes are expected in Washington this week with the immigration bill being pushed through the Senate.
Graham is cosponsoring a bipartisan immigration bill along with seven other Senators. Besides Graham's efforts in the Senate, the House is expected to take up its own immigration reform bill this week as well.
Graham said that he never has he been more optimistic about real immigration reform passing Congress and that this legislation is vital to the survival of the Republican party.
"If we don't pass immigration reform, if we don't get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn't matter who you run in 2016," Graham said. "We're in a demographic death spiral as a party and the only way we can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform."
Graham threw out some names of people he thought should run for President from the GOP in 2016 including Marco Rubio, Jed Bush, and Paul Ryan.