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The U.S. Olympic Committee joined the White House and Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday in arguing the U.S. should attend the Winter Olympics in Russia even if that country gives asylum to Edward Snowden.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lit off a firestorm Tuesday when he told The Hill the U.S. should consider a boycott if the National Security Agency leaker gets asylum from Russia.

The USOC said this would only punish U.S. athletes, while Boehner said Graham was “dead wrong.”

“Why would we want to punish U.S. athletes who’ve been training for three years to compete in the Olympics over a traitor who can’t find a place to call home?” Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters when asked about the comments.

The Olympic Committee echoed the sentiment, saying it “strongly” opposes a boycott.