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 A Georgia federal court denied Sen. Lindsey Graham's request to avoid a grand jury. Graham claimed legislative privilege shielded him. 

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis "had a particular need for Senator Graham's testimony," Judge Leigh Martin May said. 

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The South Carolina Republican approached Georgia authorities after the 2020 election under the Constitution's speech and debate provision. 

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May said the Speech or Debate Clause doesn't encompass all grand jury investigations. Graham's sovereign immunity doesn't insulate him from the grand jury. 

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The court left open the possibility that grand jury privilege may cover certain prosecutor inquiries. 

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Graham phoned Raffensperger and his employees twice after the 2020 election, court documents show. 

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"The Witness also alleged extensive voting fraud in the November 2020 election in Georgia," court filings said. 

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Graham has rejected charges he pressured officials to delete votes, claiming he was learning how various states review ballots. 

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Graham's attorneys stated last month, "It's all politics." Fulton County is fishing with the January 6 Committee in Washington. 

The same court rejected a plea by Georgia Rep. Jody Hice, who echoed Trump's fears about election fraud.