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Lindsay Graham appears before Georgia grand jury

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Sen. Lindsay Graham He appeared before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday as part of an investigation into attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results in the state, his spokesman confirmed. .

“Today, Senator Graham appeared before the Fulton County Special Grand Jury for just over two hours and answered all questions.” Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesperson, in a statement. “The senators feel they were treated with respect, professionalism and courtesy. Out of respect for the grand jury process, we will not comment on the content of the questions.”

Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis wanted Graham’s testimony in connection with the call with the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensperger After the election.

Raffensperger on “CBS MorningIn November 2020, Graham made a phone call to propose disqualifying absentee ballots from counties with high rates of unmatched signatures.

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Georgia has not voted Democratic in presidential elections since 1992. Ultimately, President Biden won the state with over 11,000 of his votes. Focusing on Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, Trump claimed without proof that there was voter fraud and that “dead people voted”.

The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 said: heard this summerthe White House called and texted Ravensperger’s office 18 times to set up a call regarding a statewide ballot audit. and met with Francis Watson, the Secretary of State’s chief investigator who was overseeing that audit.

Willis has launched an investigation into the conduct of Trump and his supporters. 2 January 2021 by phone Trump asked Ravensperger to “find” 11,780 votes, or “one more vote than we have,” to win the state.

Graham, one of Trump’s closest allies on the Capitol, claims he is protected under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, which shields lawmakers from criminal or civil lawsuits related to their legislative obligations. and was about to appeal the order to testify.But earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that refuse to stop The lower court order that Graham testified protected “fact-finding by informal inquiry,” but if there was a dispute “as to the application of the Speech or Debate Clause immunity to a particular question,” Graham could be brought to the district court. He says he can go back.

Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was also ordered to appear on Tuesday, according to court documents. CNN reported that Flynn was allowed an interim stay while he fought Savoena;

Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.


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