As the votes in Georgia were being recounted last year, Sen. Lindsey Graham decided he’d try and get the state’s chief election official to declare Donald Trump the winner of the Peach State, even though Trump clearly lost the state, the first Republican presidential candidate to lose Georgia since 1992.
Graham is now under investigation for his efforts to overturn the Georgia vote, with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting:
“Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis plans to examine a call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as part of a far-reaching criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump broke Georgia laws, according to an official with direct knowledge of the inquiry.
“Prosecutors are expected to scrutinize the call between the Republican senator and Raffensperger, who previously said Graham contacted him days after the Nov. 3 election to question whether he had the power to reject more legally cast absentee ballots to help Trump narrow his deficit in Georgia.”
A grand jury is also actively looking into Trump and Graham’s role in trying to change the ballot totals in Georgia, and that has led a watchdog group to suggest that the South Carolina Republican needs to be removed from the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Salon:
“The Checks and Balances Project (CBP), a nonpartisan investigative group, has written to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell requesting that Graham immediately relinquish his position on the prestigious Judiciary Committee, which oversees the nomination of federal judges, including Supreme Court justices.
“‘My question to you is this,” CBP executive director Scott Peterson wrote to McConnell, in a letter sent Monday night that was provided to Salon. ‘Is it appropriate for a Senator to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee when he is under investigation for such a serious crime?'”
Granted, McConnell won’t agree to remove Graham, but let’s project a few months into the future and consider a hypothetical: Graham is indicted by a Georgia grand jury for meddling in the state’s election. McConnell would suddenly be under pressure to boot Graham from the committee. Even more damaging would be a scenario in which the committee members took a vote that recommended expelling Graham from the Judiciary Committee. And that could well happen in the very near future.
Lindsey Graham likes to say that he’s honored to be Donald Trump’s friend. How honored will he be if that friendship winds up costing him what little influence he has in the Senate?