As the nation continued to debate the input and the output of the 2020 election and the circus that followed it, there was a rather clear focus on Donald Trump’s words and actions.
The then-President was irate about the reported results of the contest, and spent a great deal of time and energy attempting to expose what he felt was rampant voter fraud. At one point, Trump even called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to discuss the election, and that phone call has been dissected and defamed by the Democrats ever since.
But the former Commander in Chief wasn’t the only one to call the Peach State with concerns, with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham having now found himself at the end of a grand jury subpoena over his own conversation with state officials.
Graham, however, believes that the subpoena itself is unconstitutional.
Lawyers for Sen. Lindsey Graham are arguing that the South Carolina Republican cannot be forced to testify before a Fulton County grand jury about alleged election interference, claiming he has “absolute immunity” under the US Constitution for phone calls he placed to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.Trending:
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure officials in Georgia to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal at the time, Raffensperger said that Graham had called him and suggested he throw out all mail-in ballots from counties with high rates of mismatched signatures. He refused. “We have laws in place,” Raffensperger recounted saying.
Graham has disputed that characterization of the phone call, insisting he only wished to know more about the state’s election processes.
In a filing on Wednesday with a US district court, attorneys for the senator maintained that the conversations cannot be subject to legal scrutiny and the subpoena — upheld by a Georgia state judge on Monday — should be discarded.
They insist he is protected by the Constitution’s speech and debate clause, which states that federal lawmakers “shall not be questioned in any other place” for their remarks during legislative sessions. Graham’s phone calls, because they could potentially be used to craft new laws, fall under this “legislative sphere,” the lawyers argue.
Despite a number of investigations that have and are taking place regarding the fallout of the 2020 election, almost no charges have been made against any major figures.