On Thursday (August 4), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) received a rebuttal from a Georgia prosecutor for his challenge to a subpoena to testify before a grand jury regarding an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s meddling in the state’s elections.
Fani Willis, the District Attorney of Fulton County, dismissed Graham’s challenge to the subpoena as being “built on the shifting sands of erroneous legal arguments, inapplicable legal principles, and citations to caselaw that fail to support any legal point being made.”
Earlier this week, Graham made another attempt to avoid appearing before the grand jury by requesting the Georgia federal district court expedite the hearing for his challenge.
In its latest court filing, Graham’s legal team argued that the subpoena would set a precedent for other county officials to “impose similar burdens on federal officials, of whatever party, to the detriment of our federal government and the federalism that protects it from state and local interference.”
The grand jury is seeking testimony from Graham as part of its investigation into Trump’s attempts to influence state officials to overturn the 2020 Presidential results in the state.
So far, several state and federal lawmakers and leaders have been subpoenaed, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Rep. Jody Hice, former New York City Mayor Giuliani, and Trump’s lawyer John Eastman.
However, Graham’s testimony before the grand jury is most sought after, considering Graham appears most “interconnected with former President Trump’s similar efforts to pressure Georgia election officials into ‘finding 11,780 votes’ and to spread Georgia election fraud disinformation,” a statement by Willis reads.