Perhaps Lindsey Graham can catch a ride with Rudy Giuliani, but it doesn’t really matter how he gets there as long as he gets there. Graham has been ordered to appear before Judge Robert McBurney in the Fulton County DA’s investigation into Donald Trump’s interference in the 2020 election in Georgia. Graham tried to avoid testifying by moving to quash the subpoena issued to him in federal court. Judge Leigh Martin May was having none of Graham’s nonsense. Graham’s attorneys claimed that his calls to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger fell under his purview as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Bullshit. They further called the investigation a “fishing expedition” and that Graham has “constitutional immunity.” Both are also bullshit.
Graham made the calls. That much is clear. During those calls, he tried to convince Raffensperger to discount mail-in votes. That is not “judicial oversight;” that is asking an election official to overturn an election. DA Fani Willis made the case to the court that Graham was working in concert with Donald Trump and that the grand jury has a right to hear from Graham about those calls. Willis wrote in her brief: “During the telephone calls, (Graham) questioned Secretary Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.” She further alleged that Graham made allegations of “widespread voter fraud,” which we all know is a lie. Willis’s chief senior assistant DA Donald Wakeford also questioned Graham’s immunity claims before Judge May. Wakeford wrote: “In the midst of an ongoing recount for the election of Senator Graham’s political ally, he called the official in another state charged with the supervising recount and suggested he change his methods.” This is not judicial oversight; this is an attempt to change the outcome of an election, which has nothing whatsoever to do with “oversight.” They didn’t like the results, and they wanted them changed.
Raffensperger has already testified before the grand jury, and he cleared up any ambiguity in Graham’s calls in November: “He asked if ballots could be matched back to the voters. And then he-I got the sense it implied that then you could throw those out for any-if you look at the counties with the highest frequent error of signatures. So, that’s the impression I got. It was just an implication of ‘look hard and see how many ballots you could throw out.'” Again, this is not oversight. This was a pressure campaign against Georgia’s Secretary of State, trying to convince him to disregard legally cast votes because they weren’t for Trump. This isn’t rocket science, folks. Lindsey Graham is neck deep in Trump’s mess, and now, he’s trying to get himself out. He should have thought about that before he decided to get involved. Now, he can hitch a ride with Rudy, take a train, or a bus, but he is ordered to appear on August 23. Sounds like Lindsey had better start packing.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years