Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) leaves the Senate floor after casting a procedural vote on federal legislation to protect same-sex marriage on November 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., testified before a Georgia grand jury on Tuesday investigation possible interference in the 2020 presidential election, a source familiar with the planning confirmed to NBC News.
Graham’s testimony was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET. He left the courthouse more than two hours after arriving, the source said.
It is unclear whether he answered any of the jury’s questions. NBC News has reached out to Graham’s lawyers and his Senate office for comment.
Supreme Court earlier this month he refused Graham’s request to quash grand jury subpoena in Georgia probe. Fulton County State’s Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the investigation, is seeking details of Graham’s calls to Georgia’s top election officials amid debunked allegations by then-President Donald Trump of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The Supreme Court ruling allowed a grand jury subpoena to be issued, but Graham could refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Graham argued that he should not have offered testimony about the subpoenas because it was part of his duties leading up to Congress’s vote to confirm the election results, and therefore the subpoenas violate the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, which protects lawmakers from investigation of comments they make in the course of their official duties responsibilities.
Willis’ office is investigating two post-election calls Graham made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff. Raffensperger, a Republican targeted by Trump and his allies, alleged that Graham suggested he had the authority to reject certain legally cast ballots. Graham denied making such a suggestion, saying he was trying to understand the state’s process for verifying signatures on ballots.