As investigators in Georgia continue to probe Donald Trump’s complaints about the Peach State’s election security in 2020, one of the former President’s close allies in that fight must now testify before a grand jury.
Trump had publicly and privately expressed his concerns about what he perceived as voting irregularities in the state, even going so far as to speak on the phone with Georgia election officials. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was involved in a number of these advocacy efforts as well, and will now be forced to speak to authorities under oath about his role in the then-President’s inquiry.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before a grand jury in Georgia investigating former President Donald Trump’s conduct after losing the 2020 election.Advertisement - story continues below
Graham had asked a federal judge to quash a subpoena, arguing that he was performing “legislative acts” when he twice called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the election. Attorneys for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis argued in court filings that Graham was actually calling to “explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome” for Trump.
U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in her order Monday that Graham’s position as a senator does not shield him from the special grand jury in Fulton County.Trending:
“Individuals on the calls have publicly suggested that Senator Graham was not simply engaged in legislative factfinding but was instead suggesting or implying that Georgia election officials change their processes or otherwise potentially alter the state’s results,” May wrote.
Graham will be required to appear in just over a week’s time.
May ordered Graham to appear as a witness before the special grand jury on Aug. 23.
“[T]he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony,” the judge wrote.
Georgia unexpectedly voted “blue” in 2020, bestowing their electoral votes upon a Republican candidate for the first time since the 1990’s.