Judge orders Graham to testify in probe of possible 2020 election meddling in Georgia

Graham is among the most high-profile lawmakers from whom investigators are seeking testimony
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A federal judge on Monday denied GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s request to throw out a subpoena requiring him to testify before the Atlanta-area grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election, according to several news reports.

"[T]he Court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2022 elections," U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May wrote in a 22-page opinion, obtained by Politico, that rejects Graham's effort and returns the issue to state courts for further proceedings.

Graham is set to be interviewed Aug. 23. Investigators reportedly want to ask Graham about two phone calls with Georgia election officials while Trump was asking state elected officials to a recount, after having lost Georgia to then-Democrat challenger President Joe Biden.