US Senator Lindsey Graham will battle a subpoena issued towards him by a Georgia grand jury probing alleged unlawful interference by former President Donald Trump to overturn ends in the 2020 election, his authorized group mentioned Wednesday.
Graham gained’t adjust to the subpoena, his lawyer mentioned, arguing Fulton County, the place the grand jury is convened, is engaged in a “fishing expedition” and dealing with the Home choose committee investigating final 12 months’s Capitol riot.
“Any info from an interview or deposition with Senator Graham would instantly be shared with the January 6 Committee,” mentioned attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin.
“Senator Graham plans to go to court docket, problem the subpoena and expects to prevail,” the 2 legal professionals additionally mentioned.
Graham, a Trump loyalist, is one in all a number of in Trump’s orbit subpoenaed. Others embrace members of the ex-president’s authorized group, together with Rudy Giuliani.
Trump and his loyalists nonetheless keep that he gained the election.Getty Photographs
The grand jury obtained underway in Could to have a look at proof in an investigation that started after Trump was recorded in a Jan. 2, 2021 telephone name pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election tally that had President Joe Biden because the winner.
Within the leaked telephone name, Trump requested Raffensperger “discover” 11,780 votes for his failed reelection marketing campaign.
Trump has denied wrongdoing within the telephone name.
Graham just isn’t a goal of the investigation, however “merely a witness,” his authorized group mentioned.
They are saying Graham was “effectively inside his rights to debate with state officers the processes and procedures round administering elections” as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis mentioned Wednesday extra subpoenas may very well be issued for Trump associates and didn’t dismiss that Trump might even be slapped with one.
Requested on MSNBC if Trump relations or ex-White Home officers may very well be subpoenaed, she replied, “We’ll simply need to see the place the investigation leads us.”
“We’re going to do our due diligence in ensuring that we have a look at all facets of the case,” Willis added.
Nobody from Trump’s reelection group has been charged within the alleged plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
With Publish wires