The Georgia grand jury has subpoenaed Senator Graham, Giuliani and Trump’s legal team

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ATLANTA — As part of an ongoing investigation into Donald Trump’s potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election, several of the former president’s closest advisers — including Senator Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.) and Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani — are being subpoenaed for questioning to to testify before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, according to court filings obtained by the Washington Post.

The subpoenas, approved by the grand jury chairman on July 5, subpoena senior members of Trump’s legal team, including Giuliani, Kenneth Chesebro, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, all of them They are believed to be aware of Trump’s attempts to rig the electoral process in embattled states like Georgia, according to documents. Conservative expert Jacki Pick Deason was also summoned.

Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, said Tuesday night his client “was not served with a subpoena.” The other advisors did not respond to requests for comment.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis launched an investigation into Trump’s possible interference in the Georgia election in February 2021 after the Washington Post reported that Trump had killed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) on January 2, 2021. , called and asked him to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the state. That spring, Willis requested that a grand jury assist the investigation, arguing that it would be able to issue subpoenas to interested individuals who would otherwise have refused to cooperate.

The latest subpoenas – first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution – are the most significant move yet in targeting Trump’s inner circle Reportedly working to overturn 2020 election results in Georgia and beyond. The revelations also shed light on the broader scope and direction of the investigation.

Subpoenas from Giuliani and others Tuesday required the approval of Fulton Superior Court Justice Robert McBurney because they were aimed at people who don’t live in Georgia.

Court filings demanding testimony from Graham cite his conversations with Raffensperger after the 2020 election, during which the two reportedly discussed the state’s mail-in voting policy.

Court documents related to Giuliani cite his December 2020 testimony before the Georgia legislature, in which he claimed to have evidence of widespread voter fraud. Giuliani submitted a video to lawmakers alleging that poll workers produced “suitcases” full of illegal ballots during the count at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. Investigators later denied the allegations.

“Nevertheless, the witness made additional statements, both to the public and in later legislature hearings, alleging that there was widespread voter fraud during the November 2020 election in Georgia, and used the now-debunked State Farm.” video to support these statements,” a court filing says.

Giuliani “possesses unique knowledge of the communications between himself, former President Trump, the Trump campaign and others known and unknown involved in the coordinated effort by multiple states to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.” ‘ according to court documents.

Eastman, who led the Trump legal team’s efforts, also testified to the Georgia legislature that, according to the documents, the state legislature has a “duty” to elect the state’s official electors selected by the Georgia Democratic Party through a fake list of candidates substitute. Ellis, a legal adviser to Trump, also testified to the Georgia legislature about the false claims made at State Farm Arena.

According to the files, Mitchell’s testimony is being sought for her alleged role in the Jan. 2, 2021 phone call Trump had with Raffensperger. Mitchell “raised allegations of widespread voter fraud” in the November 2020 election and urged “Raffensperger to take action in his official capacity to investigate baseless allegations of fraud,” a filing said.

The grand jury is listening to Chesebro’s testimony of a plan to “cast alleged electoral college votes in favor of former President Donald Trump, although none of those 16 individuals have been identified by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp as Georgia’s certified presidential electorate,” according to the filing. Chesebro had denied in internal Trump campaign memos that 16 fake voters for the former president were supposed to gather at the Georgia Capitol on December 14, 2020 to falsely confirm Trump as the winner of the election, according to documents reviewed by The Post.

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The 23-member grand jury is also scheduled to hear from a number of Raffensperger’s current and former advisers and could hear testimony from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (R). Several Democratic lawmakers and at least two Fulton County election workers are also expected to testify. Kemp (R) will also file an affidavit with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office as part of the investigation, according to court documents obtained by The Post.

In response to a motion by some Georgia state legislators to drop the investigation, McBurney said on July 1 he could limit what questions Willis and the grand jury can ask about Georgia lawmakers’ communications with each other and with their staffers, on appeal to legislative privilege. However, the judge added that he remains open to allowing the grand jury to examine lawmakers’ communications to third parties.

McBurney said he would issue formal grand jury guidelines by mid-July.

Mariana Alfaro and Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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