A Georgia judge just threw the book at Lindsey Graham.
The anti-LGBTQ senator was served with a subpoena last week from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ special grand jury investigating ex-president Donald Trump‘s failed attempt to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
Graham’s attorneys initially responded by issuing statement saying that he fully intends to fight the subpoena, calling the whole thing nothing more than a “fishing expedition.”
“Senator Graham plans to go to court, challenge the subpoena, and expects to prevail,” attorneys Bart Daniel and Matt Austin said.
But a judge ruled yesterday that, nope, sorry, he’s gotta testify.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ordered that Graham testify before the special grand jury on August 2, saying he is a “necessary and material witness” in Willis’ probe.
The jury wants to speak with him about those two phone calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff shortly after the 2020 election.
According to court documents, Graham “questioned Raffensperger and his staff about reexamining certain absentee ballots cast in Georgia in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.”
The filing also says Graham brought up accusations of widespread voter fraud, which have since been disproven.
The special grand jury has also subpoenaed seven other people, including Trump’s personal lawyer/sideshow act Rudy Giuliani.
In a statement last week, Willis said, “It is my hope that Sen. Graham will have a moment of quiet reflection and decide to bring truthful testimony before this grand jury that wants to hear from him on some very important issues.”
Graham’s office hasn’t responded to the judge’s ruling yesterday, but Twitter sure has a lot to say…
Lindsey Graham ordered by a Fulton County judge to testify on August 2.
That was a quick benchslap in response to Graham’s whining.
Graham was described by the judge as a “necessary and material witness” to the grand jury probe.
— Angry Staffer ? (@Angry_Staffer) July 11, 2022
The judge declared Lindsey Graham a “necessary witness” to the investigation and ordered him to testify before the Fulton County, Georgia grand jury.
I love this 11,780 times!
— Outspoken™? (@Out5p0ken) July 12, 2022
Lindsey Graham is in deep shit. ?
— Jo ? (@JoJoFromJerz) July 11, 2022
A Fulton County judge just ordered Lindsey Graham to testify before the grand jury in Georgia on August 2.
Play insurrectionist games, win insurrectionist prizes.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) July 11, 2022
Lindsey Graham must testify in Georgia on August 2nd. pic.twitter.com/Dw3sotvsmi
— marla singer (@singermarla3) July 12, 2022
You just know Lindsey Graham is scared shitless of both the Grand Jury and of going against his orange master. What a great day for the US when a crook like him loses.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 12, 2022
Lindsey Graham is not above the law but he is a little bitch.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 11, 2022
A lot of news today. So far, my favorite item is Lindsey Graham must show up before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia on August 2.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) July 12, 2022
Lindsey Graham is more afraid of going to prison than he is of Donald Trump. Get ready for him to spill the tea.
— Mayo ??? (@MayoIsSpicyy) July 11, 2022
Lindsey Graham in 2016: “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed and we will deserve it”
Lindsey Graham today: Ordered by a Fulton County judge to appear before a grand jury, for election tampering on behalf of Trump
Lindsey fucked around. Lindsey is finding out
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) July 11, 2022
Last week, legal analyst Elie Honig and New York Law School Professor Rebecca Roiphe appeared on CNN to discuss Graham’s options should he try to fight the subpoena.
“This is not a usual case, of course. But in this particular situation, to subpoena somebody who is a sitting congressperson, you know, it’s significant and it shows how far-reaching this investigation is at this point,” Roiphe said.
“Does that speech and debate clause protect him? Is that going to hold water?” host Brianna Keilar then asked.
Both Honing and Roiphe agreed that Graham likely won’t be able to lean on congressional protections to avoid speaking to the grand jury. Turns out, they were right!