After saying he would fight it, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has agreed to accept a subpoena in a Georgia prosecutor’s criminal probe of President Trump.
Graham said he was reserving the right to challenge the subpoena, the Washington Examiner reported.
Lindsey Graham accepts subpoena
The district attorney of heavily Democrat Fulton County, Fani Willis, has not formally accused Trump of any wrongdoing, but she has insinuated that he engaged in criminal meddling in the 2020 election. She called a special grand jury earlier this year to look for evidence.
The special grand jury subpoenaed Graham, and he went to court to challenge the subpoena last week in South Carolina. Graham had two phone calls after the election with Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who certified President Biden’s razor-thin victory in the state.
The subpoena says that Graham pushed claims of “widespread voter fraud in the November 2020 election in Georgia, consistent with public statements made by known affiliates of the Trump Campaign.”
Willis said that Graham’s challenge was premature because he hadn’t been served yet. On Tuesday, Graham reached an agreement with Willis to accept the subpoena.
“Senator Graham has agreed to accept service of a subpoena for testimony from the Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury in Atlanta, Georgia, without waiving any challenges or any applicable privilege and/or immunity,” the agreement said.
Graham had previously said he would fight the subpoena, which he denounced as part of a “fishing expedition” coordinated with the January 6th committee in Washington.
The committee has spent weeks staging televised hearings that portray Trump as a criminal who tried to overthrow a “free and fair” election. The last, primetime hearing was scheduled for Thursday evening.
Democrats have likened Republican adversaries to Trump’s co-conspirators in an “insurrection.” The January 6th committee has taken that logic to the extreme with unprecedented, likely unlawful subpoenas targeting sitting Republican lawmakers.
Graham had warned that his subpoena would interfere with his constitutional duties. He questioned the precedent being set by a local prosecutor compelling testimony from a U.S. senator, saying it would open “Pandora’s Box.”
But Graham now tells NBC, “I just want to get it done.”