South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham’s week is not off to a good start this Monday morning, after breaking reports have revealed that a federal judge has handed down a brutal ruling against the GOP lawmaker, ultimately ordering that Graham must testify before the Georgia state grand jury in their ongoing investigation into whether or not laws were broken when now ex-President Donald Trump and his allies enacted a pressure campaign against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find the votes” Donald needed to overturn the 2020 election in the state of GA.
US District Judge Leigh Martin May handed down the ruling today that smacked down Graham’s attempts to quash the subpoena issued against him by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Lindsey’s legal team has argued that the senator was working in his capacity as a legislator during his actions that are currently under scrutiny. While Judge May made note that members of Congress are typically protected against testifying about their legislative actions, the Fulton County grand jury’s investigation is in relation to post-election activities that fall out of the scope of those protections.
Graham and his attorneys also argued that he should be shielded from testifying due to his status as a sitting US senator. However, the federal judge on the case also rebuffed this argument as well.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recently convened a grand jury to investigate Donald Trump’s attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election after he lost to Joe Biden.
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Graham allegedly played a large role in this pressure campaign against Brad Raffensperger in the direct aftermath of the 2020 election that saw Trump lose Georgia to Joe Biden, a state that has a longstanding history of voting Red. The July 5th subpoena issued against Graham makes note of 2 phone calls the Republican senator placed to Raffensperger directly following Donald’s loss. The Secretary of State spoke out on the matter and admitted that, at the time, he fully believed Lindsey Graham was purposely pressuring him to find a way to throw out perfectly legitimate mail-in ballots. Graham has, of course, vehemently denied these allegations against him.
“Senator Graham’s potential testimony on these issues — in addition to his knowledge about topics outside of the calls such as his alleged coordination with the Trump Campaign before and after the calls are unique to Senator Graham, and Senator Graham has not suggested that anyone else from his office can speak to these issues or has unique personal knowledge of them,” Judge May’s ruling reads.
You can read full reporting on the development from Bloomberg here.
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