May 29, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Graham responds to Russian warrant for his arrest: "See you in The Hague!"

Sen. Lindsey Graham during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Russia's Interior Ministry announced Monday it's issued an arrest warrant for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and added his name to a list of wanted criminal suspects over an edited video of his comments on its invasion of Ukraine.

Driving the news: The video of Graham's meeting Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky linked his comment "the Russians are dying" with a separate remark saying "it's the best money we’ve ever spent," in reference to U.S. military aid. Ukrainian officials released a longer video showing the two comments were not linked.

What he's saying: "I will wear the arrest warrant issued by Putin’s corrupt and immoral government as a Badge of Honor," Graham tweeted.

  • "To know that my commitment to Ukraine has drawn the ire of Putin’s regime brings me immense joy," he added.
  • "I will continue to stand with and for Ukraine's freedom until every Russian soldier is expelled from Ukrainian territory."
  • Graham then laid down a challenge to Russian officials:
A screenshot of a tweet by Sen. Lindsey Graham responding to Russia issuing an arrest warrant for him, saying: "Finally, here’s an offer to my Russian ‘friends’ who want to arrest and try me for calling out the Putin regime as being war criminals:   I will submit to jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court if you do.   Come and make your best case.   See you in The Hague!"
Photo: Sen. Lindsey Graham/Twitter
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