NEW YORK – Representation by lawyers Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina said Wednesday he wanted to challenge a subpoena forcing him to testify before a special Georgia grand jury investigating the actions of former President Donald Trump and his allies after the 2020 election.
Graham was one of a handful of Trump confidants and attorneys named in petitions filed Tuesday by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as part of her investigation into an alleged “multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump campaign to influence outcomes.” “The November 2020 elections were tabled in Georgia and elsewhere.”
Graham attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin said in a statement Wednesday that the Republican senator “will go to court, challenge the subpoena and expect to prevail,” and they slammed the investigation as politically motivated.
“It’s all politics. Fulton County is involved in a fishing expedition and is working with the January 6th Committee in Washington,” they wrote, adding, “As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Graham had every right to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures going on to conduct elections.”
“If held, the subpoena issued today would undermine the constitutional balance of power and a member of Congress’s ability to do his or her job,” they continued. They also said they were informed by Fulton County investigators that Graham was “neither a subject nor a target of the investigation.”
A spokesman for Willis, a Democrat, did not immediately respond to a text message asking for comment.
In the petition filed Tuesday, Willis wrote that Graham, a longtime Trump ally, had at least two phone calls with him Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger and members of his staff in the weeks following the November 2020 presidential election, the Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden. During those calls, Graham requested that certain absentee ballots be re-examined “to assess the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump,” she wrote.
Willis also filed petitions to compel former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to cooperate one of Trump’s most important lawyers during failed attempts to overturn the election results, as well as attorneys Kenneth Chesebro, Cleta Mitchell, Jenna Ellis, John Eastman and Jacki Pick Deason.
Giuliani was recovering Tuesday after undergoing surgery to place two heart stents, his son Andrew Giuliani said while filling in as co-host on radio show The Rudy Giuliani Show.
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