Colombia, SC — US Senator Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally attempted to influence Georgia’s 2020 election, a federal appeals court said Thursday.
The ruling by a three-member panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals paves the way for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to subpoena Graham for questioning while she tries to wrap up the investigation. She has said she hopes to “send the grand jury on its way” by the end of the year.
Graham could appeal the verdict to the full Court of Appeals. An attorney for Graham deferred comment to a spokesman for the senator’s office, who did not immediately comment on the ruling.
Willis has said she wants to question the South Carolina Republican about phone calls he had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the state’s top election official, in the weeks following the 2020 election. Raffensperger said he interpreted questions about whether he could turn down certain postal votes as a suggestion to turn down legally cast votes.
Graham has appealed his subpoena, saying his position as a US Senator protects him from having to testify in the state investigation. He has denied any wrongdoing.
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Associated Press writers Kate Brumback in Atlanta and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.
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