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Thomas puts brakes on Graham subpoena

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., listens during a hearing on the fiscal year 2023 budget for the FBI in Washington, on May 25, 2022. Attorneys for Graham said in a court filing on July 13, he wasn't trying to interfere in Georgia's 2020 election when he called state officials to ask them to reexamine certain absentee ballots after President Donald Trump's narrow loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
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A Georgia subpoena of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has been temporarily halted by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) testimony to a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state.

Thomas' order is intended to prevent Fani Willis, Fulton County district attorney, from compelling Graham to testify while the Supreme Court weighs the senator's request for a lengthier halt to the proceedings. Willis has a deadline of Thursday to tell the high court why Graham should have to answer the grand jury's questions.

Lower courts have ruled that his testimony can take place. Thomas is the designated justice to handle emergency appeals from Georgia, although he can defer to the full court.

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