“He’s the nicest person I think I’ve ever met in politics,” Graham said in 2016. “He is as good of a man as God ever created.”
The video surfaced and began circulating on social media Nov. 22, a day after Graham’s office released a letter in which the senator asked State Department officials to release documents pertaining to Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Burisma, a Ukraine-based natural gas company on whose board Hunter Biden sat.
The letter from Graham, who currently chairs the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, claims the documents will help answer questions about allegations that Joe Biden forced out a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating Burisma. President Donald Trump is currently facing an impeachment inquiry for asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate the largely unfounded allegations.
Multiple national media outlets have reported that prosecutor Viktor Shokin was ousted as part of an initiative to take on corrupt officials in Ukraine.
Graham specifically requested documents and transcripts of communications between Joe Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in which the pair may have spoken about the investigation into Burisma. Graham also asked for documents about a meeting between Hunter Biden’s business partner Devon Archer and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
“Adam Schiff and the Democrat-controlled House Intel Committee have made it clear they will not look into the issues surrounding Hunter Biden and Burisma,” Graham’s spokesman Kevin Bishop said in an email. “Senator Graham is requesting documents which could shed additional light on these outstanding issues.”
Asked about the 2016 video in which Graham praises Biden, the senator’s spokesman did not comment.
Recently, Graham’s past statements, captured in videos of old interviews and speeches, have frequently resurfaced and gone viral when they contradict a statement he makes now.
This phenomenon has been happening since Graham became a staunch backer of Trump, whom Graham called a “complete idiot” during the 2016 election among other insults. Videos of Graham’s comments during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton also frequently surface when Graham makes comments about Trump’s possible impeachment.