The Georgia probe into election tampering is progressing, and as a part of the process, a grand jury has been convened and is issuing subpoenas — and they’ve reached the Trump-attorneys stage of the investigation.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the subpoenas were filed on July 5th, for a long list of Donald Trump’s allies, including Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Cleta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesebro, Jacki Pick Deason and Senator Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina. These reportedly needed special approval, because they are for individuals who live outside the state of Georgia.
So, who are they? In case you don’t recognize all the names above, here’s a quick rundown:
Giuliani, of course, served as personal attorney to Trump and was close to the election schemes, involved in meetings and other planning. Ellis and Mitchell are also among the attorneys who filed lawsuits, spread election propaganda, and pushed unsound theories to try to overturn the election.
Chesebro and Eastman (aka “coup memo attorney”) are lawyers who are alleged to have been a part of the fake elector scheme, the idea of forming an “alternative slate” of electors, who signed false documents and planned to cast electoral votes (that they didn’t actually have a right to cast) for Trump. The Wisconsin Examiner cites emails from Cheseboro helping to plot how these fake electors could meet up to send their fake votes to the Senate for confirmation.
Lindsey Graham, of course, is a U.S. Senator who has been a fairly reliable ally for Trump. After Joe Biden’s 2020 election win, Trump was not the only one to make a phone call to Georgia. Graham openly shared that he had contacted Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. You can see a clip below where he denies asking Raffensperger to throw out ballots, but insists he only suggested that the signature process should be adjusted.
Jacki Deason is also an attorney, and a podcast host, who is reportedly behind a viral video that was falsely described as showing “suitcases of ballots,” and specifically the false claim that these were part of a scheme to “steal” the election for Biden. FactCheck explained in December of 2020 that this was simply not true.
“[S]tate officials told us that the full video shows the supposed “suitcases” were actually standard containers used to secure ballots, and that the ballots in question were opened and prepared for counting earlier in the night in full view of observers.”
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