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Graham asks Supreme Court to block his testimony in 2020 Georgia election inquiry

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) on Friday asked the Supreme Court to block his required appearance before a Georgia grand jury investigating possible attempts by President Donald Trump and his allies to disrupt the presidential election in 2020 from the state.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Thursday rejected Graham’s attempt to block a subpoena from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D). Graham had asserted that a sitting senator is immune from such investigations. A district court judge had said Graham should testify, but narrowed the range of questions prosecutors could ask.

Without a stay of the lower court rulings, Graham’s attorney, Donald F. McGahn, told the Supreme Court, “Senator Graham will suffer the specific harm he seeks to prevent: being questioned in state court on its legislative activity and official acts.

McGahn, a former attorney for Trump, asked Judge Clarence Thomas, the judge assigned to hear 11th Circuit emergency applications, for at least a temporary stay. Thomas could act alone or refer the case to the whole court.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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