Lindsey Olin Graham, an American lawyer, and politician were born on July 9, 1955. He now holds the office of senior United States senator from South Carolina, a position he has held since 2003. Graham, a Republican, presided over the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2021.
The University of South Carolina School of Law awarded Graham, a native of Central, South Carolina, his Juris Doctor in 1981. Between 1982 and 1988, he spent the majority of his time on active duty serving in the United States Air Force’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a defense lawyer and later as the Air Force’s top prosecutor in Europe, located in West Germany. Later, his tenure in congress went parallel with his whole service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was a colonel when he received the Bronze Star Medal in 2014 for valorous service.
The District Attorney’s office has demonstrated “extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to allegations of attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2020 elections,” May wrote in her ruling. She also noted that there are “considerable areas of inquiry” that are not “legislative in nature.”
The special purpose grand jury has also issued subpoenas to five additional attorneys who worked for Trump and communicated with Georgia election officials in the days following the 2020 election. At least three of these attorneys are attempting to challenge their subpoenas in state courts this week.
The Graham Team Claims that The Acts Were Appropriate.
After the 2020 election, Graham made calls to Georgian officials, according to Graham’s legal team, which constituted legislative activity and was directly relevant to his duties as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman at the time. Graham’s legal team said in court documents that the subpoena “implicates Senator Graham’s legislative acts and must, therefore, be quashed.”
In court last Wednesday, Graham’s attorney Brian Lea claimed that the senator shouldn’t be coerced into testifying. He said, “We shouldn’t be playing whack-a-mole with the District Attorney.” Lea said that “they have proved nothing other than un-sided claims,” and that “constitutional immunity” cannot be breached “for a fishing expedition.”
Graham’s actions appear to be connected to the former President, according to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat who is in charge of the investigation into Trump and his associates. She also stated in court documents that the grand jury needed to hear from Graham about at least two calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff following the 2020 election.
Willis wrote in her court filing requesting Graham’s testimony: “During the telephone calls, (Graham) questioned Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.”
Secretary of State of Georgia Claims Pressure Campaign
The first witness to give a statement in front of the special purpose grand jury in May was Raffensperger, the top election official of Georgia who is up for reelection in November. In November 2020, he revealed to CNN that Graham had suggested that Raffensperger attempt to throw away some Georgia ballots during a state-wide examination.
Raffensperger recalled the incident to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” at the time. “He inquired if the ballots could be traced back to the voters.” “Then, he gave me the impression that if you looked at the counties with the highest frequency of signature errors, you could then throw those out for any. Thus, it is the impression I had “‘
Raffensperger continued, “It was just an indication of, ‘Look hard and see how many ballots you could toss out.
Graham responded to a question from CNN at the time, “That’s crazy,” when asked if he was trying to get the secretary of state to reject valid ballots. Graham stated that he was researching the process used to confirm signatures on mail-in votes for several competitive states.