The nonpartisan watchdog group, the Checks and Balances Project (CBP), called for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to be removed from the Senate Judiciary Committee over the investigation with his attempt to pressure a Georgia election official to overturn the presidential election results in that state after Donald Trump was defeated by Joe Biden, according to a report from Salon.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is launching a probe into Graham’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger just ten days after the Nov. 3 election.
The Checks and Balances Project (CBP) wrote a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to request that Graham immediately resign from his role on the prestigious Judiciary Committee, which oversees federal nomination judges, including Supreme Court justices, the outlet reports.
“My question to you is this,” CBP executive director Scott Peterson wrote to McConnell in the letter, “Is it appropriate for a Senator to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee when he is under investigation for such a serious crime?”
“Someone who engages in that type of activity doesn’t belong on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee,” Peterson wrote. “In this country, every vote counts. The right to vote is the backbone of our democracy. And instead of fighting for the Constitution and democracy, Sen. Graham called Raffensperger to try to get him to throw away votes and rig the election.”
“I urge you to ask Senator Graham to step down from the Judiciary Committee until all investigations into his conduct in Georgia are complete,” Peterson added in his letter to the Senate Minority Leader. “If we are to restore public faith in our democracy, this step will go a long way to re-establishing the idea that no one is above the law.”
Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop recently called Willis’s probe “ridiculous.”
“Sen. Graham was asking about how the signature verification process worked,” Bishop said. “He never asked the Secretary of State to disqualify a ballot cast by anyone. The timing on this is also quite curious. It seems to be a less than transparent effort to marginalize anyone who helps President Trump.”
Sure, but trying to help the losing candidate cling to power isn’t just helping Donald Trump. It’s tearing at the very fabric of our democracy.
You can read Salon’s full report here.