Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) and other members of Trump’s campaign legal team were slapped with subpoenas on Tuesday by the Georgia grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn his 2020 loss in the state.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed petitions with the judge overseeing the special grand jury as part of her investigation into what she alleges was “a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”
Conservative pro-Trump law professor John Eastman, who was an architect of Trump’s scheme to overturn his loss in several battleground states, was also subpoenaed along with four other Trump acolytes.
The move marks a major escalation in a case that could pose a serious legal challenge to the former president as he weighs another White House run.
In the petition submitted to the judge, Willis wrote that Graham, a longtime ally of the former president, actually made at least two telephone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of his staff in the weeks after the November 2020 election.
During those calls, Graham asked about reexamining certain absentee ballots “in order to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump,” she wrote.
A Graham spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump infamously called Raffensperger insisting he “find” enough votes to overturn his narrow loss to President Biden.
Raffensperger, who taped the call, rebuffed Trump’s demands and testified to the Jan. 6 committee that there was no way to legally change the results of the election as the former president wanted.
In the petition for Giuliani’s testimony, Willis identifies him as both a personal attorney for Trump and “a lead attorney for the Trump Campaign’s legal efforts seeking to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”
“There is evidence that (Giuliani’s) appearance and testimony at the hearing was part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” the petition says.
Giuliani’s attorney, Bob Costello, said he had no comment and that his client had not been served with any subpoena.
Trump still insists the election was stolen from him, even though federal and local officials, courts and Trump’s own former aides have all said there is no evidence of widespread fraud.
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