Former President Donald Trump was so ready to buy into election fraud claims that he would have believed interstellar explanations, his ally Sen. Lindsey Graham told a grand jury.
Graham made the statement to a special grand jury investigating the election overturn effort by Trump and key allies in the state, which went for Joe Biden in 2020.
‘He said that during that time, if somebody had told Trump that aliens came down and stole Trump ballots, that Trump would’ve believed it,’ Graham said, according to a grand juror who spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The news came on a day when a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels said she had met with prosecutors in a separate matter in Manhattan, where Trump is being investigated for a $130,000 ‘hush’ payment scheme.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly told a Georgia grand jury Donald Trump would have believed an election fraud claim involving aliens
Graham, who was a staunch Trump ally in the Senate, made the statement following a long court fight over whether he himself should appear, after having made phone calls to Georgia election officials amid the overturn effort. Graham’s lawyers invoked the Constitution’s ‘Speech and Debate’ clause as protecting him from testimony, but the Supreme court kept in place a lower court’s subpoena, with limitations.
The paper’s look at the grand jury also revealed that two jurors said as many as 10 people invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions.
The jury foreperson said former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows all refused to answer some or most questions from prosecutors.
Fulton County DA Fani Willis began the probe in 2021 following news of Trump’s leaked recorded call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where Trump asked him to ‘find’ 11,780 votes.
The news came on a day when Trump’s lawyer said he could face an indictment in New York
Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis began her probe after a leaked phone call from Trump to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
Trump had made a series of election fraud claims related to mass fraud, insecure ballot boxes, movement of boxes inside voting centers, claims of insecure mail votes and drop boxes, while some of his key allies who he was in contact with after the 2020 election voiced conspiracy theories about election software.
Graham chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during Trump’s effort to overturn the election.
He had a long history with Trump, having himself sought the Republicans presidential nomination (Trump once read his cell phone number aloud at a campaing rally).
Graham famously delivered a Senate floor speech on January 6 where he said he and Trump had ‘a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh, my god, I hate it.’
Then he rejected Trump’s calls for Pence to overturn votes certified by the electoral college.
‘So, Mike, Mr. Vice President, just hang in there. They said we can count on Mike. All of us can count on the vice president. You are going to do the right thing. You are going to do the constitutional thing,’ he told Pence.
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