U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May rejected all three arguments in Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s (R-S.C.) request to quash his subpoena in Georgia prosecutors’ investigation into former President Donald Trump’s alleged political interference during the 2020 elections.
Graham’s legal team earlier argued that their client was a U.S. senator and that he did not need to appear before the investigative panel along with his “sovereign immunity.”
Graham’s attorneys also said that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis did not demonstrate extraordinary circumstances to get a testimony from their client.
“The Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections,” said May.
Fulton County Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Donald Wakeford earlier said that Atlanta prosecutors needed a special grand jury to hear Graham’s testimony.
Graham allegedly made calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff, Georgia Attorney General Christopher M. Carr, state lawmakers, and local election workers regarding the elections and asked to reexamine absentee ballots.
Raffensperger said that Graham asked if he was authorized to reject certain absentee ballots.
Graham’s legal team defended last June that the calls were not made to interfere with the elections.
Graham has not yet commented on the ruling.
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