Watch and learn, because the first Black woman to lead the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, Fani Willis, is doing the damn thing. She and her team are at least as methodical as the House select committee investigating Jan. 6—if not more. Leave it to Black women to clean up the country’s mess, and just like Stacey Abrams may well make history this year as the country’s first Black woman governor, Willis may be the person credited with nabbing former President Donald Trump.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of eight people subpoenaed by the Fulton County, Georgia, special grand jury investigating potential criminal interference in the state’s 2020 presidential election. And of course, Graham vowed to fight the subpoena, but to no avail: On Monday, a judge ordered him to testify.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney declared the South Carolina senator with the pinched-up face a “necessary and material witness” in the investigation, WSB-TV Atlanta reports, adding that the grand jury needs to learn about Graham’s two alleged calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The judge ordered Graham to testify in August.
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Trump’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the man whose hair dye famously dripped down his face like Tammy Faye Bakker’s mascara during an infamous ABC interview, has also been subpoenaed. Giuliani has repeatedly accused Fulton County of voter fraud despite findings that disprove the claims.
Willis told NBC News she wasn’t ruling out subpoenaing Trump and his family.
“Anything’s possible,” she said. “We’ll just have to see where the investigation leads us.”
Willis opened the criminal probe into Trump’s call made to Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, just days before Congress was set to meet to certify Joe Biden had won the Electoral College vote. On the call, Trump infamously asked the secretary of state to “find” him “11,780 votes.”
As for Graham’s claims that Willis is simply playing politics?
“What do I have to gain from these politics? ... I think that people thought that we came into this as some kind of game,” Willis told NBC. “This is not a game at all. What I am doing is very serious. It’s very important work. And we’re going to do our due diligence and making sure that we look at all aspects of the case.”
Willis’ father is a former Black Panther turned trial attorney, Yahoo News reports, and she is heavily relying on the advice of John Floyd, a skilled attorney with expertise in racketeering law. She has expressed a great deal of confidence in the direction of the investigation but admits she will face considerable roadblocks in her subpoenas.
“That’s nothing for prosecutors,” she told Yahoo News. “Nobody ever wants to come to our party.”