Lindsey Graham warns of 'riots in the street' if Trump is prosecuted, claims 'double standard'

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., cautioned Sunday that if former President Donald Trump is prosecuted, there will be riots.

The FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Aug. 8 and took documents as part of an ongoing investigation that may involve criminal laws prohibiting improper removal of sensitive documents and obstruction of justice.

The Justice Department on Friday released a redacted version of the affidavit from the search of Trump's home. It showed there were 184 unique documents bearing classification markings, including 67 documents labeled as "confidential," 92 documents labeled as "secret," and 25 documents marked as "top secret."

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"If they tried to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street," Graham warned on Fox News' "Sunday Night in America." "I worry about the country."

Graham referenced Clinton's email handling while serving as secretary of state. Clinton's use of a private sever was under investigation; the FBI concluded there was no mishandling of classified information.

Graham argued there is a "double standard" when it comes to Trump. According to Graham, he and many other Republicans believe that when it comes to the former president, there are no laws, and "it's all about getting him."

Shortly after Graham commented, Trump posted the video clip on his Truth Social platform.

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Mary McCord, a former official at the Department of Justice, criticized Graham's comments on CNN.

"I think it’s incredibly irresponsible for an elected official to basically make veiled threats of violence, just if law enforcement and the Department of Justice and a grand jury does their job,” McCord said on CNN's "New Day" on Monday.

Anti-gun violence activist Fred Guttenberg also criticized Graham's comments and said that Graham is Trump's "mouthpiece."

"He will use that as a hedge against criminal charges & will incite violence when charges come. Looks like @LindseyGrahamSC will be his mouthpiece and deliver the message," Guttenberg said on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Lindsey Graham warns Trump prosecution will lead to 'riots' in streets