A federal judge has ordered Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to testify before a special grand jury in connection to his efforts to help former President Donald Trump dispute the 2020 election results in Georgia.
The grand jury in Atlanta is currently investigating whether Trump and his allies, including Graham, broke the law while pursuing claims of widespread voter fraud in Georgia and other states during the 2020 presidential election.
Graham had previously claimed he should be exempt from the subpoena due to his status as a U.S. senator with “sovereign immunity,” but on Monday, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May said that his immunities would not apply in this particular case.
“[T]he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues related to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections,” May wrote in her court order.
The Republican senator is now slated to testify before the grand jury later this month on Aug. 23. Prosecutors say they plan to interview Graham about the phone calls he reportedly made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the election.
In her court order, May wrote that Graham has “unique personal knowledge about the substance and circumstances of the phone calls with Georgia election officials,” and should have to testify as a result.
“Accordingly, Senator Graham’s potential testimony on these issues … are unique to Senator Graham,” May wrote.
Last week, Graham blasted the court’s effort to subpoena him, saying that he and his attorneys would “take this as far as we need to take it” to resist being forced to testify.
“I was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and had to vote on certifying an election,” Graham said. “This is ridiculous. This weaponization of the law needs to stop. So I will use the courts.”
“We will go as far as we need to go and do whatever needs to be done to make sure that people like me can do their jobs without fear of some county prosecutor coming after you,” he added.
Where’s the affidavit?
We still need to see the affidavit.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 12, 2022