Two of failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters found out today that their support of the ex-president has them in very hot water legally.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in Georgia that is investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in the Peach State, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
In addition to Giuliani, among those being summoned are John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesbro and Jenna Ellis, all of whom advised Trump on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states.
The grand jury also subpoenaed South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s top allies in the U.S. Senate, and attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.
The subpoenas, were filed July 5 and signed off by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the special grand jury. Unlike subpoenas issued to Georgians, the summons were required to receive McBurney’s blessing since they are for people who reside outside the state.
While Giuliani and the other Trump attorneys may be able to claim attorney-client privilege, Graham has no way out of the Georgia subpoena.
Graham, you may recall, actively meddled in the Georgia election returns:
Graham separately called Raffensperger in the days following the November 2020 elections and allegedly questioned whether the secretary of state had the power to reject more legally cast absentee ballots to help Trump narrow his deficit in Georgia. Graham denied the allegation.
The subpoenas are part of an investigation being conducted by Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who launched a probe of Georgia’s elections in February of 2021, just a few weeks after a phone call between Trump and Raffensperger leaked. In that conversation, Trump urged the Georgia secretary of state to find additional ballots for him, remarking:
All Trump won was the dubious distinction of being a failure who couldn’t earn a second term in office. History will not be kind to him or enablers like Graham and Giuliani.