Lindsey Graham MAY be questioned before grand jury in Georgia criminal investigation into attempts to reverse the election, judge finds
- Lindsey Graham to testify before a special grand jury investigating whether Donald Trump tried to undo his 2020 loss in Georgia
- Federal Court of Appeals rejected Graham’s appeal against lower court decision
- Said being a senator doesn’t protect him from witnesses
- Verdict was a win for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis
- Graham can appeal the order to the Supreme Court and his lawyers have indicated he will
Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury investigating whether Donald Trump and his allies illegally tried to influence Georgia’s 2020 election, a federal appeals court said Thursday.
The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court to allow the Republican senator from South Carolina to be questioned. Graham had appealed an August ruling that also ordered his testimony.
With its new ruling, the appeals court lifted the temporary block it had placed on the subpoena while hearing Graham’s case.
“Senator Graham has not shown that this approach violates his rights under the Speech and Debate Clause,” the six-page statement reads.
Graham can appeal the order to the Supreme Court, and his lawyers have said they will.
Thursday’s ruling by the three-member panel is another win for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
It will allow her to take Graham for questioning as she tries to complete her investigation into the 2020 election in Georgia, a state that Joe Biden won and Trump falsely claimed to be the victim of vote fraud.
Willis has said she hopes to “send the grand jury on its way” by the end of the year.
Graham could appeal the ruling to the full appeals court. His team did not immediately comment on the matter.
South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury investigating whether Donald Trump tried to reverse his 2020 loss in Georgia
Prosecutors want to speak to Lindsey Graham about his talks with Donald Trump (above) and his allies in the wake of the 2020 election, in which Trump sought to undo Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia
Willis has said she wants to question the Republican senator from South Carolina about phone calls he made with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the state’s top election official, in the weeks following the 2020 election.
Raffensperger has said he interpreted questions about whether he could reject certain absentee ballots as a suggestion to reject legally cast votes.
Graham has said that as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was interested in cases of potential voter fraud. He has denied every mistake.
“I chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and had to vote on the certification of an election,” Graham told reporters this summer. ‘This is ridiculous. This weaponization of the law must stop. So I will use the courts. We will go as far as necessary and do whatever it takes to ensure that people like me can do their jobs without fear of a prosecutor coming after you.”
Lindsey Graham has long been a Donald Trump ally – above the two men leaving Marine One in Texas on a 2021 trip to the southern border
He had challenged his subpoena, saying his position as a US senator protects him from having to testify in the state investigation.
Willis also wants to talk to the senator about talks he had with the Trump campaign on the heels of Election Day in 2020, when Trump and his allies tried to reverse his loss.
Graham has been an ally of the former president for a long time.