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SCOTUS Temporarily Blocks Senator Graham’s Georgia Grand Jury Subpoena


On Monday, the United States Supreme Court temporarily barred a Georgia grand jury from subpoenaing Senator Lindsey Graham as part of its investigation into alleged attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The court’s decision came after the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday denied Graham’s request to block the subpoena, which was upheld by a federal district judge last month. .

Judge Clarence Thomas, who oversees the Eleventh Circuit, stayed the district court order “pending further order from the undersigned or the Court.”

Over the weekend, Thomas asked Georgia prosecutors to respond to Graham’s request to stay the subpoena by Thursday.

Georgia prosecutors are investigating the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. They hope to question Graham about his alleged communications with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the months before the election was certified.

However, Graham’s lawyers argued that the senator was protected by the Constitution’s speech or debate clause, which protects members of Congress from legal risk for comments made during legislative activity.

“Without a stay, Senator Lindsey Graham will soon be questioned by a local Georgia prosecutor and her ad hoc investigative body about her ‘protected speech or debate’ related to the 2020 election,” Graham’s lawyers argued. “This will occur despite the Constitution’s commandment that senators ‘shall not be questioned’ on ‘any speech or debate’.”

Due to Judge Thomas’ temporary order, this case will now be referred to the other eight justices for a full court vote.

The case is Graham v. Fulton County Special Purpose Grand JuryNo. 22A337, before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter.



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