Lindsey Graham Trump fights subpoena in Georgia election probe

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during the third day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Justice Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, March 23, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina will challenge A grand jury subpoena Georgia is seeking his testimony as part of an investigation into the former president’s alleged criminal interference in the 2020 election. Donald Trump And his allies, the lawmakers’ lawyers said Wednesday,

Graham, an associate of Trump’s, was “not under investigation or a target, merely a witness,” his lawyers said, according to investigators in Fulton County, Georgia.

If Graham’s subpoena is upheld, they said, it would upset the constitutional balance of power and affect his ability to do his job as a member of Congress.

“This is all politics. Fulton County is on a fishing trip and working with the January 6 Committee in Washington,” Graham’s attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin said in a statement.

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A Fulton County judge on Tuesday signed a subpoena issued by a special grand jury in Atlanta to six attorneys, including Graham and former New York City mayor and ex-federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani, who either worked directly or informally advised Trump’s presidential campaign. To overthrow the President Joe Biden’2020 election victory in Georgia.

The subpoena issued to Graham said he made at least two calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and his staff “regarding the reconsideration of certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.”

In their statement Wednesday, Graham’s attorneys said, as then-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “Graham was well within his rights to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures related to the administration of elections.”

“If it were to stand, the subpoena issued today would distort the constitutional balance of power and the ability of a member of Congress to do their job,” the lawyers said. Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena, and expect to win.”

The Fulton County district attorney opened a criminal investigation last year that revealed Trump called Raffensberger on Jan. 2, 2021, when he was still president, and asked him to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory.

“Here’s what I want to do: I want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump told Raffensberger.

The call came four days before the US Congress convened in a joint session to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory.

A special House committee is investigating the riots that broke out in the US Capitol that day, disrupting the work of the joint session for hours.

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