Lindsey Graham Dragged Into Court

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On Tuesday (November 22), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) testified before the Fulton County Grand Jury in a probe into election inference in the 2020 Presidential election.

Graham’s testimony is a long time in the making. The South Carolina Republican had argued he shouldn’t be required to testify, citing the Constitution. But a ruling by the Supreme Court earlier in the month paved the way for the Republican to give his testimony.

In a statement confirming Graham’s appearance, his office revealed that the Senator had testified before the Grand Jury for two hours, explaining that Graham believed “he was treated with respect, professionalism and courtesy.”

Graham’s office also explained in the statement that the Senator “answered all questions” and wouldn’t be commenting on the substance of the questions “out of respect for the grand jury process.”

The journey to get Graham to testify before the grand jury regarding a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger after the 2020 election began in July when a judge approved a subpoena from District Attorney Fani Willis.

During his testimony before the Grand Jury, Raffensperger claimed Graham suggested during one of the calls between the two that Graham asked the Georgia Attorney General to discard some of the votes.

However, Graham has denied Raffensperger’s account.

Before Graham’s Tuesday appearance before the Grand Jury, the Senator had attempted to quash the subpoena, pointing to the Constitution’s Speech and Debate Clause as a shield protecting him from testifying about work done as a Senator.