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Georgia probes Democrat Sen Lindsey Graham for Russian interference in November 2016 elections

A provision of the Constitution protects Senators from being questioned about legislative acts. But the judge found there are many areas for potential grand jury inquiry that fall outside that exempt

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was mandated to go before a grand jury in Georgia looking into former President Donald Trump’s attempt to rig the 2020 election.

U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May rejected Graham’s request to overturn the subpoena, telling Graham on Monday that he must attend to answer questions on August 23 on Trump’s campaign to intimidate officials into swinging enough votes to give him the victory in the crucial state.

Graham’s status as a U.S. senator does not exclude him from testifying, May stated in the ruling.

The inquiry was started by the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis last year, and in May a special grand jury with the authority to summon witnesses was seated.

(Kevin Dietsch) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

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Prosecutors, according to Willis, want to question Graham about phone calls they claim he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the days and weeks following the election, pleading with him to throw out mail-in ballots that were allegedly biased in favor of President Biden.

She submitted petitions last month requesting the testimony of Graham, Rudy Giuliani, and a number of other Trump officials and allies.

Giuliani has been asked to testify in Georgia’s investigation into Trump electoral involvement.

Graham had maintained that a clause in the Constitution offers complete immunity from questions regarding a senator’s legislative actions. However, the judge discovered that “substantial areas of possible grand jury inquiry” are outside the purview of that clause.

Graham’s spokesperson, Kevin Bishop, stated on Monday that the senator was silent but cited Graham’s earlier claims that he would defend the subpoena “as far as we need to take it.”

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The grand jury might indict Trump or other people for tampering with an election official’s duties.

Trump participated in the intimidation of election officials “personally and directly.”

When he trailed in the Peach State vote count, Trump called Raffensperger and pleaded with him to “find” enough votes to defeat Biden’s slim lead.

Trump argues that vote-rigging and fraud prevented him from winning, but he has shown no concrete evidence to support this allegation, and courts have dismissed it.

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