A special Georgia grand jury hearing evidence in the investigation into possible interference in the 2020 election by former President Donald Trump and others has issued subpoenas to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S.C., and key members of Trump’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman , NBC News confirmed.
A special Fulton County grand jury also subpoenaed lawyers Jenna Ellis, Cleta Mitchell and Kenneth Chesebro, who worked with Trump after the election when he challenged the results.
The subpoenas were first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and were obtained by NBC News.
A special grand jury was impaneled earlier this year to assist Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis in her investigation into whether there were “coordinated efforts to illegally alter the results of the 2020 election” in Georgia.
Among the incidents Willis said she is investigating is a November 2020 phone call Graham had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger said Graham pressed him on whether he had the right to reject certain absentee ballots, a question Raffensperger interpreted as a suggestion to throw out validly cast ballots.
Graham denied what he was trying to do at the time, calling the allegations “ridiculous.” He told reporters that he contacted Raffensperger because he was “trying to figure out how signatures work” and that Raffensperger “explained to me very well how they verify signatures.”
The subpoena said Graham “made at least two phone calls” to Raffensperger and his staff. “During phone calls, [Graham] questioned Secretary Raffensperger and his staff regarding the re-examination of certain absentee ballots filed in Georgia to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump. [Graham] also referred to allegations of widespread voter fraud in the November 2020 election in Georgia, consistent with public statements made by known Trump campaign affiliates,” the subpoena said.
Graham did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
One of the attorneys subpoenaed Tuesday, Mitchell, was on a separate phone call with Raffensperger — a taped call on Jan. 2, 2021 — in which Trump urged Raffensperger to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, that’s one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said during the call.
Trump denied there was anything wrong with the call, calling it “perfect.”
Raffensperger testified before a grand jury last month.
Giuliani testified before Georgia lawmakers three times after the 2020 election, the Journal-Constitution reported, debunking claims of election fraud and urging lawmakers to take action.
During emotional testimony last month before a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, campaign workers Ruby Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shay” Moss, described how they were harassed and threatened with death after Giuliani used the video, the couple, which works during the counting of votes to promote lies about the results.
Giuliani falsely claimed they were passing out USB drives “like vials of heroin or cocaine” during the Fulton County ballot count. Moss testified at the hearing that her mother actually gave her a “gingermint.”
Giuliani’s subpoena says that despite a lack of evidence, the former New York mayor “made additional statements both to the public and during subsequent legislative hearings alleging widespread voter fraud in Georgia during the November 2020 election and using debunked currently information. State Farm video to confirm those statements. There is evidence of that [Giuliani’s] The appearance and testimony at the hearing were part of a coordinated plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.”
Ellis testified with Giuliani at one of the hearings in Georgia, and her subpoena said it was also part of a “coordinated plan.”
Eastman, another key figure in the Jan. 6 hearing, also testified before Georgia lawmakers, the Journal-Constitution reported, arguing that lawmakers had “more than enough” evidence of fraud to choose the state’s alternate presidential slate. Eastman’s subpoena states that he “told lawmakers that they had both the legal authority and the ‘duty’ to replace the list of Democratic presidential electors who had been certified as duly appointed electors from the state of Georgia after the November 2020 election.” , due to unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the state.”
Giuliani and Eastman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.