Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll challenge subpoena in Georgia Trump probe

  

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Via:  jbb  •  one month ago  •  18 comments

By:   Dareh Gregorian and Julie Tsirkin (NBC News)

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll challenge subpoena in Georgia Trump probe
Sen. Lindsey Graham will challenge a subpoena for testimony in a Georgia probe into possible 2020 election interference by former President Donald Trump.

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Link copied July 6, 2022, 3:19 PM UTC / Updated July 6, 2022, 4:32 PM UTC By Dareh Gregorian and Julie Tsirkin

Lawyers for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday they'll challenge a subpoena demanding that he testify before a special grand jury in Georgia hearing evidence in a probe into possible 2020 election interference by former President Donald Trump and others.

In a statement, Graham's attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin said the subpoena for their client's testimony from the grand jury hearing evidence in the Fulton County district attorney's investigation is "all politics."

"Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena, and expects to prevail," the statement said.

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Graham was one of a number of Trump allies subpoenaed by the special grand jury on Tuesday. The grand jury was impaneled earlier this year to assist District Attorney Fani Willis' investigation into whether there were any "coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections" in Georgia.

Willis dismissed Graham lawyers' allegation that her investigation was motivated by politics, telling NBC News on Wednesday that he "doesn't understand the seriousness of what we're doing." She also said the public should expect additional subpoenas of Trump associates and indicated she would not rule out subpoenaing the former president himself.

Among the incidents Willis has said she's investigating is a post-election phone call Graham made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in November of 2020. Raffensperger has said Graham pressed him about whether he had the power to reject certain absentee ballots, which Raffensperger interpreted as a suggestion to toss out legally cast votes.

The subpoena said Graham "made at least two telephone calls" to Raffensperger and his staff. "During the telephone calls, [Graham] questioned Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump. [Graham] also made reference to allegations of widespread voter fraud in the November 2020 election in Georgia, consistent with public statements made by known affiliates of the Trump Campaign," the subpoena said.

Graham has denied pressuring Raffensperger — who testified under subpoena before the 23-person grand jury last month — and called the allegation "ridiculous."

In their statement, Graham's lawyers said investigators from Willis's office told them their client "is neither a subject nor target of the investigation, simply a witness."

They also accused the DA of working hand-in-hand with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

" Fulton County is engaged in a fishing expedition and working in concert with the January 6 Committee," the statement said. "Any information from an interview or deposition with Senator Graham would immediately be shared with the January 6 Committee."

They also maintained their client didn't do anything wrong in his phone calls.

"As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham was well within his rights to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures around administering elections. Should it stand, the subpoena issued today would erode the constitutional balance of power and the ability of a Member of Congress to do their job," the statement said.

190612-dareh_gregorian-byline-30871.jpg Dareh Gregorian

Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.

julie-tsirkin-circle-byline-template.jpg Julie Tsirkin

Julie Tsirkin is a producer and reporter for NBC News' Capitol Hill team.

Blayne Alexander contributed.


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JBB
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

LOCK HER UP!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1    one month ago

Word on the street is your woke card is revoked for improper use of pronouns!

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1    one month ago

Shouldn't we honor her choice of pronouns?

She calls her venereal warts "My Lady Bugs"...

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one month ago

It is JUST a little ironic when the woke liberals start making fun of someone after having hissy fits when some other people do the same exact thing. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one month ago
She calls her venereal warts "My Lady Bugs"...

And how exactly did you become so intimately familiar with those warts?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.3    one month ago

There have been multiple news stories quoting numerous DC male hustlers

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1.4    one month ago

I specified 'intimately'.

Do you understand?

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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1.1.6  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.5    one month ago

Guys, please stop with the inflammatory comments. Only warning.

 
 
 
Ender
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2  Ender    one month ago
Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena, and expects to prevail

Of course, only us peons have to obey laws...

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Ender @2    one month ago

You mean conservatives right? With the two tier justice system anyone with a D behind their name simply walks away.

 
 
 
Ender
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2.1.1  Ender  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    one month ago

So you are going to justify it with a meme....

 
 
 
Ender
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3  Ender    one month ago

I think every one in this country should from now on defy any and all subpoenas. After all, our elected officials get to.

 
 
 
JBB
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3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Ender @3    one month ago

"Only little people honor subpoena", Leona Trump

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @3.1    one month ago

I prefer Eric Holder. 

Don't seem to remember him being grabbed and shackled by agents for not appearing before Congress. Seems absolutely nothing happened to him.

Hell, Biden already stated he would defy a subpoena in an impeachment trial.

The Obama Administration defied subpoenas regularly- still no punishment.

Even Pelosi and the Jan 6th committee love ignoring and squashing court subpoenas. 

Have to love the hypocritical Democrats. Having that D behind their names gives them law breaking privileges. 

 
 
 
Brucelina
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4  Brucelina    one month ago

I consider myself a Barrack Obama democrat but i've always admired Lindsey Graham for some strange reason.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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4.1  pat wilson  replied to  Brucelina @4    one month ago

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Brucelina
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4.1.1  Brucelina  replied to  pat wilson @4.1    one month ago

You may be right over the target.

 
 
 
pat wilson
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4.1.2  pat wilson  replied to  Brucelina @4.1.1    one month ago

sorry you didn't see the humor in my comment

 
 

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