U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks to journalists after a panel discussion at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 14, 2022. (Photo: Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Quashes Graham Attempt to Avoid Testifying in Georgia

The Republican senator must now comply with a subpoena to appear before a Fulton County grand jury investigating efforts to overturn former President Donald Trump's 2020 loss.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an emergency request from Sen. Lindsey Graham to block a subpoena forcing him to testify before a special purpose grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia probing efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in state.

The high court's decision, which did not include any dissents or recusals, came after Justice Clarence Thomas last week temporarily blocked the subpoena following a ruling against Graham (R-S.C.) by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Washington Post reported that Democratic Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wants to question Graham on November 17 about calls he made to Georgia election officials in the wake of then-President Donald Trump electoral loss two years ago.

According to the newspaper, "Prosecutors say Graham has 'unique knowledge' about the Trump campaign and the 'multistate, coordinated efforts to influence the results' of the election in Georgia and elsewhere."

The Supreme Court noted Tuesday that lower courts recognized Graham should not be questioned about any "informal investigative fact-finding" that is protected by the Constitution, and further disputes about specific questions can be settled in court.

The Post pointed out that "jurors already have heard testimony from several Trump lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, and Boris Epshteyn. A judge has also ruled that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows must testify."

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