[Photo Credit: By usbotschaftberlin - Senator Lindsey Graham takes part in the panel discussion: "Multilateralism in a Changing International Order", Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87247252]
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly defended his actions surrounding the 2020 election following the publication on Friday of a grand jury report in Fulton County, Georgia, that recommended he be prosecuted.
Ultimately, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) did not pursue charges.
Graham stated on Friday that his actions, including his highly publicized conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), were “consistent” with his duties as a United States senator and, at the time, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I was totally surprised. … I never suggested anybody set aside the election. I never said ‘go find votes.’ I never said anything other than trying to find how the mail-in balloting system worked,” Graham stated
“The case will move forward without me. If it ever becomes impossible or politically dangerous or legally dangerous for a United States senator to call up people to find out how the election was wrong, God help us all. The next election, if I have questions, I’ll do the same thing.” he continued.
The Republican from South Carolina added that he made a “responsible decision” and repeatedly stated that he voted to certify President Biden’s 2020 election.
The Senator from South Carolina said that he had not read the relevant report and was astonished that a grand jury had recommended his prosecution.
According to the report of the grand jury, thirteen jurors advocated for Graham’s prosecution, while seven did not.