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Graham Tries Again to Quash Georgia Election-Probe Subpoena

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(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is trying again to avoid testifying before a special purpose grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, filing a motion to quash his subpoena in a South Carolina federal court.

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The grand jury, convened by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, is investigating President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the Georgia results of the 2020 federal election.

Graham made two phone calls to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the weeks following the election, according to the July 5 subpoena. At the time, Raffensperger said publicly that he believed Graham was urging him to find a way to throw out legitimately cast mail-in ballots. Graham has denied that.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney rejected Graham’s first attempt to quash the subpoena on July 11 and ordered him to appear before the grand jury Aug. 2. Graham filed the new request to quash the subpoena July 12 in Anderson, South Carolina. He claims he was acting in his role as a US Senator and can’t be compelled to testify.

He claims in the filing that Willis is asking him to testify in person for seven weeks which would interfere with his Senate duties. A spokesman for Willis’ office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

“What I’m trying to do is do my day job,” Graham said in a statement to Fox News. “If we open up county prosecutors being able to call every member of the Senate based on some investigation they think is good for the country, we’re opening Pandora’s Box.”

The case is In the matter of Special Purpose Grand Jury, Fulton County Superior Court Case No. 2022-EX-000024, US District Court, District of South Carolina (Anderson).

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