sen. Lindsey Graham Says He Will Challenge Subpoena in Georgia Trump Probe

Attorneys for Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., said Wednesday they will challenge a subpoena demanding that he testify before a special grand jury in Georgia hearing evidence in an investigation into possible interference in the 2020 election by former President Donald Donald Trump and others.

In a statement, Graham’s attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin said the subpoena for their client’s grand jury testimony hearing evidence in the Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation is “all political.”

“Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena and expect to prevail,” the statement said.

Graham was among a number of Trump’s allies who were subpoenaed by the special grand jury on Tuesday. The grand jury was called in earlier this year to assist prosecutor Fani Willis in investigating whether there were “coordinated efforts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 election” in Georgia.

Willis rejected Graham attorneys’ claim that her investigation was motivated by politics, telling NBC News on Wednesday that he “doesn’t understand the gravity of what we’re doing.” She also said the public should expect additional subpoenas from Trump employees and indicated that she would not rule out a subpoena from the former president himself.

One of the incidents Willis says he is investigating is a post-election phone conversation Graham made with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in November 2020. as a suggestion to discard legally cast votes.

According to the subpoena, Graham made “at least two phone calls” to Raffensperger and his staff. “During the phone calls [Graham] asked Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about re-examining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump. [Graham] also referred to allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia’s November 2020 election, consistent with public statements by known members of the Trump campaign,” the subpoena said.

Graham has denied pressuring Raffensperger – who testified under subpoena before the 23-member grand jury last month – calling the charge “ridiculous”.

In their statement, Graham’s lawyers said investigators from Willis’s office told them that their client “is not the subject or target of the investigation, but simply a witness.”

They also accused the DA of collaborating with the House committee investigating the January 6 riots in the US Capitol.

Fulton County is involved in a fishing expedition and is working with the Jan. 6 Committee,” the statement said. “Any information from any interview or statement with Senator Graham would be immediately shared with the Jan. 6 Committee.”

They also claimed that their client had done nothing wrong in his calls.

“As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham had ample discretion to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures surrounding electoral management. Should it go through, the subpoena issued today would threaten the constitutional balance of power and the ability of a member of Congress to do their job,” the statement said.

Blayne Alexander contributed

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