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

  

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Via:  jbb  •  one month ago  •  15 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
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1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

If Lindsey was half the man Hillary Clinton is he too would face the music, testify and answer questions truthfully instead of sissying out, a ballless whimp!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @1    one month ago
If Lindsey was half the man Hillary Clinton

Hillary's a transvestite?

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

No, but Hillary is not a scaredy cat coward...

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    one month ago

We should let Hillary self-identify as herself, I'm sure that jbb knows her answer.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
1.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1.1.1    one month ago
scaredy cat coward

Is that something you learned on a kindergarten playground?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
1.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.2    one month ago

Hillary Clinton identifies as Grandmother now.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
If Lindsey was half the man Hillary Clinton is...

What are you telling us JBB, about your beliefs on gender attributes? 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2    one month ago

Graham has the worst attributes of Scarlett O'hara.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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3  afrayedknot    one month ago

Lindsay Graham…the poster boy for political opportunism.

‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows’ with this guy. 

His supposed friend is disappointed. His apparent apologists are out in numbers. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  JohnRussell    one month ago
"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.

Not exactly the words of someone who is confident he is innocent.  If he did nothing wrong and Trump did nothing wrong, why cant he respond affirmatively to the subpoena and say so? 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one month ago

Innocent people put on big girl pants and testify...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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4.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @4.1    one month ago
Innocent people put on big girl pants and testify...

Oh.. You think you are demeaning Graham by calling him a girl.  

Says alot about you. 

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
4.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1.1    one month ago

I am calling Graham an effete coward. Why won' he testify?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1.1    one month ago
calling him a girl.

I prefer lapdog. 

 
 
 
Dulay
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5  Dulay    one month ago
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.

So, I guess that means that Sen. Dick Durban needs to get busy calling all of the red state Governors to 'discuss' their election processes and procedures. 

 
 

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