Senator Graham challenges subpoena for 2020 Georgia election inquiry

Atlanta (AP) — As promised, the US Senator. Lindsey Graham previously challenged the subpoena to testify Special Grand Jury Under Investigation Whether then-President Donald Trump and others broke the law when they tried to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia.

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, received a subpoena issued on July 26 and was ordered to appear and testify before a special grand jury on August 23, his attorney said in court documents. rice field.Graham challenged the subpoena in federal court, not before a Fulton County Superior Court judge overseeing special grand jury.

The senator is among Trump supporters who endorse Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis. I have a question Part of her investigation into what she claims was “multi-state coordinated plans by the Trump campaign to influence the outcome of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.” .

Lawyers say Graham has repeatedly said he would fight if he received a subpoena, which happened last week. He denied interfering in the Georgia election.

In a court filing last month, Willis, a Democrat, wrote that Graham called the Georgia secretary of state at least twice. Brad Ravensperger Weeks after Trump lost to Biden, his staff asked about reconsidering certain absentee ballots “to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.” rice field.

when he made those calls, Graham was engaged in “typical legislative fact-finding. He helped enact election-related legislation, including his role as chairman of the Judiciary Committee at the time, and his vote to prove the election.” to help inform the public,” his lawyer wrote. Filed in court on Friday.

Graham’s attorneys cite provisions of the United States Constitution that “provide absolute protection against investigations into Senator Graham’s legislative actions.” They also argue that “sovereign immunity” could prevent local prosecutors from subpoenaing U.S. senators to “face state ad hoc investigative agencies.” has failed to prove “the ‘abnormal circumstances’ necessary to order a federal official to testify.”

Given that he was subpoenaed to testify on Aug. 23, his attorneys are seeking prompt consideration of his motion to dismiss.

U.S. Congressman Jody Heiss, Georgia Republican, filed a similar appeal in federal court after receiving a subpoena to testify before a special grand jury. refused to revoke his subpoena.

U.S. District Judge Lee Martin May remanded the matter back to Fulton County Superior Court, saying there were at least a few questions Heiss might have to answer. If a disagreement arises as to whether Hythe is protected under federal law from answering certain questions, he can take those issues back to her and resolve them, she said.

Willis has confirmed that the scope of the investigation will include: a January 2, 2021, by phone Between Trump and Ravensperger, Trump urged Ravensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss in the state.

“We just want to get 11,780 votes, which is one more than us,” Trump said on a conference call.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and has repeatedly said his call to Raffensperger was “perfect.”

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