Lindsey Graham appears before the Georgia Grand Jury

Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared Tuesday before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, his spokesman confirmed.

“Today, Senator Graham appeared before the Fulton County Special Grand Jury for a little over two hours and answered all of the questions,” he said Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham, in an opinion. “The senator feels he is being treated with respect, professionalism and courtesy. Out of respect for the grand jury process, he will not comment on the content of the questions.”

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had solicited Graham’s testimony regarding phone calls he had made with the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the election.

Raffensperger told CBS Mornings‘ in November 2020 that Graham suggested in a phone call that mail-in ballots from counties with high rates of mismatched signatures be disqualified. At the time, the South Carolina Republican denied Raffensperger’s claims and dismissed his comments as “ridiculous.”

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) speaks with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) as they walk through the Senate subway to participate in a Senate level vote at the U.S. Capitol building November 16, 2022 in Washington. direct current

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Georgia had not voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1992. Ultimately, President Biden won the state by over 11,000 votes. Trump had focused on Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, and claimed without evidence that there was voter fraud and “dead people voted.”

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol said during a hearing this summerthat the White House called and texted Raffensperger’s office 18 times to schedule a call about a statewide review of the vote. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also showed up at a signature verification site in Georgia, where he met with Frances Watson, the chief State Department investigator who oversaw that verification.

Willis opened the investigation into the actions of Trump and his allies after a January 2, 2021, phone call where Trump challenged Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes — or “one more than we have” — to win the state.

Graham, one of Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, had attempted to appeal the testimony order, arguing he was protected by the constitution’s speech or debate clause, which shields lawmakers from some criminal or civil proceedings related to theirs protects against legal obligations. But earlier this month, the Supreme Court refused to stop an order from a lower court that Graham testifies that while “informal investigations” are protected, Graham can return to district court if there is a dispute “over the application of speech or debate clause immunity to certain issues.”

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was also ordered to appear Tuesday, according to court documents, although CNN reported that Flynn was granted temporary residency while he fights the Suboena.

Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.


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