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Fulton DA hopes Graham will ‘decide to bring truthful testimony’ to grand jury in Trump probe

ATLANTA — Fulton County’s district attorney told Channel 2 Action News on Thursday that she hopes U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham changes his mind about testifying before the special grand jury looking into possible election tampering by former President Donald Trump.

Graham is one of seven people subpoenaed this week, but the senator is challenging that order.

A lot of big witnesses have been ordered to testify starting next week including Graham, Rudy Giuliani, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and others.

But Graham continues to say he’ll fight his subpoena.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 2′s Richard Elliot, Fulton County DA Fani Willis said she hopes he stops.

“it is my hope that Sen. Graham will have a moment of quiet reflection and decide to bring truthful testimony before this grand jury,” Willis said.

The special grand jury wants to hear more about phone calls made between Graham and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, when the senator reportedly asked him to throw out some mail-in ballots in an effort to turn the election for Trump.

In a statement, Graham’s attorneys said, “this is all politics.”

“Fulton county is engaged in a fishing expedition and working in concert with the January 6 committee. Senator Graham plans to go to court and challenge the subpoena and expects to prevail.”

Willis insists the grand jury is just trying to get to the truth.

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“My inquiry and the January 6 inquiry are not one and the same. There are no politics going on here. We are trying to discover if a crime was committed,” Willis said.

At least four people who appeared before a state Senate subcommittee in December 2020 are also under subpoena to testify next week, including Giuliani and former state Senator and committee chair William Ligon.

On Thursday, a judge ordered Ligon and Duncan to testify but with limits as to what the grand jury can ask.

Willis hopes Graham will change his mind and join them.

“Well, I think it’s appropriate that, this is an important issue, and it’s important that the grand jury get to hear from people that might be able to bring information to them,” Willis said.

Willis said there are as many as 20 people under subpoena to testify before the end of the month.

Many of them, including Giuliani, Duncan, Ligon are scheduled to appear next week.

It’s unclear if they will be able to testify remotely or if some of them will appear here at the courthouse.

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