April 2, 2023

NO WAY: Lindsey Graham puts up a fight against Fulton County grand jury subpoena

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No one expected Lindsey Graham to simply comply after he was subpoenaed by a grand jury empaneled by Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis in her investigation of election tampering by Donald Trump in the state’s 2020 presidential ballot counting.

Now, Graham’s attorneys have announced that the South Carolina senator intends to go to court to quash the subpoena seeking his testimony in the probe.

Attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin labeled the subpoena as “all politics” in a statement that they released early today in a preview of their strategy to fight it.

“Fulton County is engaged in a fishing expedition and working in concert with the Jan. 6 Committee in Washington. Any information from an interview or deposition with Sen. Graham would immediately be shared with the Jan. 6 Committee,” the attorneys said in their statement.

The grand jury issued subpoenas yesterday to Graham and a number of the members of Trump’s legal advisors in his efforts to overturn the results of the Georgia voter count, including Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, and Kenneth Cheseboro.

Graham is of interest to District Attorney Willis in this case because of two calls that the Republican senator made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the election allegedly asking him whether mail-in ballots could be eliminated from the final tally of votes.

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Graham denies the allegations, having called them “ridiculous.”

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With the federal Department of Justice still refraining from indicting Donald Trump for any of the many possible charges against him, the former president’s detractors have pointed to Fani Willis’ Fulton County, Georgia investigation as the most likely avenue for the first criminal charges against Trump to be filed.

Given that Raffensperger’s office recorded the phone call wherein Trump told the Georgia Secretary of State that “I just want to find 11,780 votes” —conveniently just one more vote than Joe Biden won in the state — it seems likely that Trump’s legal peril in this particular case is something that he won’t be able to evade.

The nation waits impatiently for the indictment.

Original reporting by Allison Quinn at The Daily Beast.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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