Sen. Graham ‘crucial’ to election investigation

Sen. Graham and Gov. Kemp want to avoid testifying before grand jury
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Published: Aug. 21, 2022 at 10:04 AM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is calling South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) “crucial” to her investigation into alleged efforts to meddle in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

Graham was subpoenaed to testify to a special grand jury that’s investigating whether Donald Trump and others broke any laws when they tried to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia in 2020.

Willis said Sen. Graham should have to appear before a grand jury “not simply because he possesses necessary and material information but also because he is expected to provide information regarding additional sources of relevant information.”

On Aug. 8, the FBI executed a search of Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, which is also a private club, as part of the federal investigation into whether the former president took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said. It marked a dramatic escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of Trump, who faces an array of inquiries tied to his conduct in the waning days of his administration.

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The filing responds to Sen. Graham’s attempts to get a federal judge to stay a decision requiring him to appear before the special grand jury until he can appeal.

Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp asked a judge to toss out the subpoena that orders him to testify before the same grand jury.