Supreme Court refuses to block Lindsey Graham’s subpoena in Georgia election investigation

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the senator’s request. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) has decided to dismiss a grand jury subpoena in Georgia prosecutors’ investigation into allegations of meddling in the 2020 election. The decision is a win for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is investigating the call from Graham. Georgia election officials at the time when then-President Donald Trump challenged the election results. Graham may refuse to answer a question by exercising his right to oppose accusation under the Fifth Amendment, but as a result of a court action, a subpoena may be enforced. The decision came as early as November 17th, according to court documents from his attorney, on October 20th, when Graham’s 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, questioned a phone call he made to Georgia election officials after the 2020 election. rejected Graham’s attempt not to answer the question. Graham called as part of his duty, down to the congressional ballot to certify the election results, arguing that the Fulton County special grand jury subpoena violated the Constitution’s speech or debate provisions. They carry out official duties. But the court of appeals ruled that the senator’s views on these constitutional protections are too broad and must answer the grand jury’s key questions, including whether they consulted the Trump campaign before making the call. In an unsigned Supreme Court order, a lower court had already ruled that Graham’s legislative activities could not be questioned. “Therefore, there is no need for a moratorium or injunction to protect a senator’s remarks or exemptions from debate clauses,” he said. The order also states that Graham is free to bring further lawsuits, saying Willis is investigating one or two phone calls to Secretary of State Brad Rappensperger and his staff after the election. Rappensperger, a Republican, said Graham had put pressure on him for the right to veto certain absentee ballots. Graham denied it was his intention, saying he was trying to understand the state’s process for verifying ballot signatures. In the grand jury subpoena, Graham also “referred to widespread allegations of voter fraud consistent with public statements of known affiliates.” said. A lower court ruled that, in addition to phone calls, Graham’s public statements, coordination with the Trump campaign, and attempts to “seduce” election officials into action could be questioned. Nine other conservative states submitted simple applications in support of Graham.” As an influential member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham helped Trump nominate three people to the Supreme Court. His legal team is led by Trump’s former White House adviser, Don McGahn. On October 24, Judge Clarence Thomas, who handles a conservative expedited filing in Georgia, temporarily blocked the execution of a grand jury subpoena while the courts decide what’s next. . Courts often grant temporary “administrative” stays in connection with urgent applications. The Supreme Court is also considering whether to block the House of Representatives in January. A subpoena demanding a phone record from Arizona Republican Chairman Kelli Ward, one of the so-called alternate electors who falsely claimed that Trump won his state’s 2020 election commission. Lawrence Hurley covers the Supreme Court of NBC News Digital.
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