(Patriot Insider) – An Atlanta grand jury has been investigating the 2020 presidential election, deciding at one point to subpoena GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. However, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has tossed a temporary block on that subpoena. And as you can probably guess, the radical left is losing their minds over the whole thing.
The Western Journal is saying, “This move from Thomas has been interpreted as a decision that was likely made in order to give the Supreme Court extra time to consider the arguments presented by Graham and the grand jury over whether or not the senator will be forced to testify, CNN reported.”
“It is ordered that the Aug. 15, 2022, order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, case No. 1:22-CV-03027, as modified by the district court’s September 1, 2022 order, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court,” the order from Thomas declared.
Sen. Graham is one of the officials from the Republican Party that was subpoenaed by Fulton County Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis. Willis accused Graham and others of pressuring Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, to reverse the outcome of the controversial election.
However, Graham has asserted that the efforts he put forward in the state following the election were “legislative activity.”
“Upon receiving the subpoena demanding his testimony on Nov. 17 in Atlanta, Graham immediately requested a temporary block, CNBC News reported,” the Western Journal said. “But on Thursday, judges from the 11th Circuit U.S Court of Appeals rejected Graham’s request.”
Then, on Friday, Graham filed an emergency request with Thomas, since he is the circuit justice for the 11 circuit, thus he is in charge of handling emergency requests from the court in Georgia.
“Under Rules 22 and 23 of this Court, and under 28 U.S.C. § 1651, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham respectfully applies for an emergency order staying the district court’s order pending appeal and, if necessary, enjoining the Georgia ‘special grand jury’ from questioning Sen. Graham until final resolution of his appeal,” the filing stated.
“Without a stay, Sen. Lindsey Graham will soon be questioned by a local Georgia prosecutor and her ad hoc investigative body about his protected ‘Speech or Debate’ related to the 2020 election. This will occur despite the Constitution’s command that Senators ‘shall not be questioned’ about ‘any Speech or Debate,’” the emergency filing added.
The emergency motion also revealed the reasons why Graham reached out to Raffensperger after the 2020 election.
According to the information in the filing, Willis alleges that Graham “‘called [Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger]’ and ‘ask[ed] about [Georgia’s] signature match procedure’ for absentee ballots … and about allegations of voter fraud.”
However the motion then explains that Graham called Raffensperger to get information he needed to examine election related issues, not to pressure him to overturn the results.
“Sen. Graham needed this information for a certainly impending vote on certifying the election under the Electoral Count Act. He also served as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary reviewing election-related issues (including possible national standards for mail-in voting). After the phone calls, Sen. Graham relied on the information gained from the calls both to vote Joe Biden ‘the legitimate President of the United States’ … and to co-sponsor legislation to amend the Electoral Count Act,” the filing read.
The filing says all of these actions carried out by Graham were done as part of a legislative investigation, thus investigation into such proceedings is not allowed.
“The courts below recognized that all of that reflects a protected ‘legislative investigation’—and that questioning about it, as such, is prohibited … Most courts that have addressed similar issues hold that the Speech or Debate Clause ‘forbids inquiry into acts which are purportedly or apparently legislative, even to determine if they are legislative in fact,’” the filing disclosed.
The motion filed by Graham was a staggering 41 pages. Thomas responded to the request by granting a temporary halt of the subpoena. With the stay granted, the court now has more time to look over and consider Graham’s emergency filing.
“This hold on the subpoena will also give Graham’s legal team, as well as the Georgia prosecutors, time to file explanations as to why the subpoena should be either enforced or rejected, CNBC noted. Thomas requested that the Georgia investigators respond by Thursday, CNN reported. Meanwhile, Thomas’ decision has elicited many responses,” The Western Journal reported.
Some folks have leveled accusations at the justice of being unethical by halting the subpoena.
“Another day, another conflict of interest for Justice Thomas revealed. Add this to the laundry list of impeachable offenses he has committed. He has no business being on the Supreme Court, and no shame,” Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois posted on Twitter.
Another day, another conflict of interest for Justice Thomas revealed. Add this to the laundry list of impeachable offenses he has committed. He has no business being on the Supreme Court, and no shame.https://t.co/sHjpFRh3v2
— Jan Schakowsky (@janschakowsky) October 24, 2022
Clarence Thomas maintaining the status quo to give full SCOTUS time to review Lindsey Graham's appeal is not actually unusual.
Fulton was already due to respond to Graham's appeal by Oct. 27.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 24, 2022
As of this writing, Thomas has not commented on his decision.
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THANK YOU JUDGE THOMAS!!!! The 2020 election in Georgia had so many questions and accusations of fraud I do not think it should have been certified until some of these areas were questioned and looked into. I had to vote for Raffensperger because I had no other choice but I sure was not glad to give him my vote…I fear Georgia has as much slime as Washington !!!