Prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump’s influence on Georgia’s 2020 election may compel South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to testify, a federal court ruled Thursday.
Graham’s request for immunity from investigative questioning was denied by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta.
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The three-judge panel ruled that Graham could not be questioned about his professional communications related to the legislature, but his personal conversations with Trump and other Georgia officials are fair game.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed motions with the judge overseeing the special grand jury as part of its investigation into what she alleges is “a coordinated multi-state plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”
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Willis, who took the unusual step of requesting a special grand jury earlier this year, confirmed that she and her team were reviewing a January 2021 phone call in which Trump pushed Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ” find” the votes needed for him to win the state.
She said the team was also considering a November 2020 phone call between Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the American lawyer in Atlanta on January 4, 2021, and comments made during the December 2020 Georgia Legislative Committee hearings on the election. Raffensperger and other state officials have already testified before the special grand jury.
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The investigation is separate from that conducted by a congressional committee that examined the events surrounding the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, as Congress certified Biden’s victory, as well as the Department of Justice’s own sprawling investigation. Justice.