Georgia special grand jury recommended charges against Sen. Lindsey Graham

 September 9, 2023

A bombshell report from the Georgia special grand jury that indicted former President Donald Trump earlier this year named several new potential defendants this week. 

According to the Daily Caller, one of them was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Former Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were also named in the special grand jury's report.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis didn't charge the three aforementioned senators, but the grand jury recommended charges be brought against them.

The report is the latest in the continued twists and turns of what many believe to be yet another politically motivated legal maneuver against Republicans who are, or were, in Trump's orbit at some point.

Why Graham?

The recommendation by the grand jury to indict Graham reportedly revolved around a phone call he made after the 2020 election to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

It should be noted that the special grand jury itself lacks the power to indict anyone and can only make recommendations to the prosecutor in charge, in this case, DA Willis.

The Daily Caller noted:

Graham spoke with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff following the 2020 election about potential fraud, a conversation Raffensperger told the House January 6 committee made him “uncomfortable,” according to CNN. Perdue, meanwhile, encouraged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to convene a special legislature, per CNN.

After the May 2022 special grand jury was convened, some 75 witnesses were interviewed. A judge in the case sealed portions of the final report until its Sept. 8 release date.

"The Grand Jury heard extensive testimony on the subject of alleged election fraud from poll workers, investigators, technical experts, and State of Georgia employees and officials, as well as from persons still claiming that such fraud took place," the report states.

The report added, "We find by a unanimous vote that no widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election."

Graham responds

The South Carolina senator responded to the news that he was nearly indicted -- and still could be -- in a recent Fox New interview.

"We are opening Pandora’s Box here," the senator said.

Only time will tell if Graham is ultimately indicted, but legal experts, such as Jonathan Turley, have criticized the idea, calling it an attack on "protected political speech."

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