A Georgia grand jury on Tuesday subpoenaed key members of former President Donald Trump’s key circle — just a week after former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson appeared before the House select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot examined in 2021, had made a bombastic statement.
Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis launched an investigation into Trump’s alleged attempts at election interference in Georgia in February 2021. She and other Georgia prosecutors have been investigating whether Trump violated election laws when he allegedly asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,800 votes in the peach state following his 2020 election defeat.
Her investigations now revolve around those close to the president as he allegedly attempted to thwart the 2020 election results.
On Tuesday, prosecutors issued subpoenas against several people closely associated with Trump, according to a report by the Constitution of the Atlanta Journal.
Most of the subpoenas were filed against members of Trump’s legal team, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as the former president’s personal attorney. The grand jury also subpoenaed John Eastman, Kenneth Cheseboro, Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, according to the newspaper.
They also targeted Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has been accused of pressuring Raffensberger to cast legal ballots, although he has denied it. Conservative podcaster Jacki Deason was also subpoenaed.
Summoned members of Trump’s legal team
Conservative attorneys who allegedly helped advise Trump on strategies to overturn the election results were the primary targets of the subpoenas, but they could invoke attorney-client privilege to avoid testifying. Eastman has used a similar argument to avoid turning over documents to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, though the argument has been considered by judges.
Giuliani must testify before the grand jury on July 12, according to an order released by the court Magazine Constitution.
“There is evidence that the witness’ appearance and testimony at the hearing was part of a multi-state coordinated Trump campaign plot to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” the statement said Document.
Lindsey Graham was also targeted
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, who has declined to follow Trump’s alleged plans to block election results, said The Washington Post in November 2020 that Graham questioned him in the days after the election about whether political bias might have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with mismatched signatures and whether he might discard mail-in ballots in counties with a high rate of mismatched signatures .
Graham dismissed the allegation that he was trying to pressure Raffensperger to change the election result, calling the allegation “ridiculous”.
“What I’m trying to figure out was how do you verify signatures on absentee ballots in these states that are just the center of attention?” he has told reporters.
Still, prosecutors in Fulton County are asking him to testify about the call.
They noted that Graham had “unique knowledge” of “all communications between himself and others involved in scheduling and conducting the telephone calls,” according to the order Magazine Constitution.
Orders follow bombshell testimony
The subpoenas add to an already difficult week for Trump after Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Trump’s ex-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified before the Jan. 6 committee.
During testimony last week, Hutchinson revealed that Trump allegedly wanted armed protesters to attend his speech on the morning of the attack and that he allegedly got into a physical altercation with the security detail when it wouldn’t get him to the Capitol as the Congress wanted to certify the votes of the Electoral College.
Hutchinson’s testimony has been described as “explosive” by legal analysts. Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote on Twitter that the testimony “significantly” increased the likelihood that Trump would be prosecuted.
news week reached out to Chesebro, Deason, Eastman, Ellis, Giuliani, Graham and Mitchell for comment Tuesday afternoon.
https://www.newsweek.com/lindsey-graham-rudy-giuliani-subpoenaed-shortly-after-hutchinson-testimony-1721911 Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani subpoenaed shortly after Hutchinson testimony