Clarence Thomas rules to temporarily block election subpoena against Lindsey Graham

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has temporarily suspended a subpoena from a Georgia court desiring testimony from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Thomas offered the temporary block following Graham’s emergency request on Friday.

The ruling

“He is one of several Republicans accused of pressing Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to reverse Trump’s 2020 election loss in the state. He has argued that his post-election efforts in Georgia count as legislative activity and that they are protected from these types of investigations,” Axios reported.

“The three-judge panel on the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and a lower district court judge said a narrowed scope of questioning by the jury wouldn’t violate his rights as a sitting senator,” the report added.

Graham’s perspective

“The district court’s and District Attorney’s apparent suspicions about motives are baseless, but even assuming otherwise, the Speech or Debate Clause was designed to prevent exactly this sort of examination,” Graham wrote, according to CNN.

He also argued that a lower court was “wrong, also, to think that any other lines of hypothetical questioning would be permissible.”

The new ruling may only be temporary, but will most likely delay any move ahead of the midterm election next month.

Opponents see it as a political move, blaming Thomas for a partisan ruling, though his decision fit within the parameters of the case.

The controversy will certainly continue as Democrats blame the GOP over any losses the party suffers in the upcoming election.