Graham must testify in Ga. probe of effort to overturn 2020 election, judge rules

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A federal judge on Monday denied Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) request to quash his subpoena in Georgia prosecutors’ investigation into potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election by President Donald Trump and his allies, signaling he must testify in the probe.

Graham had argued that he should be exempt from testifying because of speech or debate clause protections, sovereign immunity and his position as a high-ranking government official. U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May rejected all three arguments.

“The Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections,” the judge wrote.



Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D) requested a special grand jury earlier this year. It began meeting in June and has identified more than 100 people of interest. The panel has already heard testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and his staff, Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr (R), state lawmakers and local election workers.
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Graham is of interest to the committee for phone calls he made to Raffensperger about Georgia’s election system. Willis claims Graham made multiple phone calls to Raffensperger and his staff after the election requesting that they reexamine certain absentee ballots “to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former president Donald Trump.”
Graham’s office had no immediate response on Monday.

Graham’s lawyers previously said that their client’s calls about reexamining specific absentee ballots after Trump’s loss wasn’t an effort to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. The conversations were about Georgia procedures, his lawyers wrote in court papers filed in South Carolina in July.
Willis named Graham in her investigation of various Trump-allied individuals into what she deemed “a multistate, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”

 

IACub

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He will have better lawyers than Trump and they will tell him to take the 5th.
Oh, absolutely. They'll also present the evidence that Graham tried to influence steal the election. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see poor Lindsay break down in tears. What a boot licker. The second someone other than Trump shows strength he'll flip.
 

ICHawk-I

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"Graham had argued that he should be exempt from testifying because of speech or debate clause protections, sovereign immunity and his position as a high-ranking government official."

This is the problem with Washington. Above the law for me, but not for thee.

It's because he is a "high-ranking government official" that makes him of interest in the case.
 

IACub

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"Graham had argued that he should be exempt from testifying because of speech or debate clause protections, sovereign immunity and his position as a high-ranking government official."

This is the problem with Washington. Above the law for me, but not for thee.

It's because he is a "high-ranking government official" that makes him of interest in the case.
Sovereign immunity was never intended to protect a US Senator from committing treason.
 

HROT

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Has he testified yet? Still appealing?

Must not care about free, fair elections