Judge Rejects Lindsey Graham’s Attempts to Delay Testimony in Trump Inquiry

A federal judge in Georgia has denied Senator Lindsey Graham’s attempt to defer his testimony before the Fulton County grand jury in their investigation into former President Trump’s attempt to overturn the state’s election.

“Under the circumstances, a further delay in Senator Graham’s testimony would greatly increase the overall delay in conducting the grand jury investigation. Thus, further delay poses a significant risk of overall obstruction of the grand jury investigation, and the The court therefore finds that granting a reprieve would almost certainly result in property damage to the grand jury and its investigation. Accordingly, this factor weighs against Senator Graham and in favor of the grand jury,” Judge Leigh Martin May wrote Friday.

PHOTO: US Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., addresses business leaders at a conference call sponsored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022 in Columbia, SC (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., addresses business leaders at a conference call sponsored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, in Columbia, SC (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

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Graham is currently scheduled to testify on Tuesday, but there is another motion to stay. He had asked the judge to quash the subpoena in which he was to appear.

Graham was subpoenaed last month as part of the Fulton County District Attorney’s criminal investigation into Trump’s attempts to reverse Georgia’s election results.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis officially launched the investigation in February 2021, sparked in part by Trump’s phone call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, imploring him to “find 11,780 votes,” the exact number Trump needs. had to win Georgia.

Olivia Rubin contributed to this report.

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