(PatrioticPost.com)- This week, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily halted a lower court’s order compelling Senator Lindsey Graham to testify in the Fulton County, Georgia 2020 election investigation.
Graham had filed a request with the Supreme Court last Friday to block a subpoena from the Atlanta grand jury investigating the alleged efforts to overturn the Georgia election results after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his bid to block a federal court order compelling him to provide grand jury testimony.
Justice Thomas imposed the temporary stay pending a final determination by the Court. Thomas, who oversees proceedings originating from the 11th Circuit Court, asked Fulton County officials to respond to Senator Graham’s emergency request by Thursday, October 27.
The South Carolina Republican senator has argued that his conversations with Georgia officials after the 2020 presidential election were merely legislative activities and therefore protected by the speech and debate clause of the US Constitution.
In the filing to the Supreme Court, Graham’s attorney, Donald McGhan, argued that the senator would “suffer the precise injury he is appealing to prevent,” namely being questioned about his legislative activity and official actions in a state court.
A three-judge panel from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had previously rejected Graham’s attempt to block a subpoena from Fulton County’s Democrat District Attorney Fani Willis. Senator Graham has maintained that as a sitting senator, he has the privilege to be shielded from these types of investigations.
A total of 17 people have been named as targets in the ongoing probe that was launched in March 2021 by District Attorney Willis. In January, Willis empaneled the special grand jury.
The Fulton DA said she decided to open an investigation after the January 2, 2021 phone call between the former president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump allegedly asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes he needed to win Georgia.