While it’s expected that Donald Trump will be handing out presidential pardons left and right in the final days of his administration, it now looks like a sitting U.S. senator may be in need of one of those pardons.
According to the Washington Post, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) contacted the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, and urged him to invalidate votes in an effort to help President Donald Trump carry the Peach State and its 16 electoral votes:
“In their conversation, Graham questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.
“Raffensperger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots. Absent court intervention, Raffensperger doesn’t have the power to do what Graham suggested because counties administer elections in Georgia.”
If indeed Graham suggested such a thing, that would be conspiracy to commit election fraud, and it would mean that the senator could be criminally charged by the Department of Justice, as many legal experts pointed out:
Attn: AG Barr
Still searching for evidence of attempts to interfere with election? Appears that Senator Lindsey Graham should be investigated immediately. https://t.co/V1Q23G2NSY
— Kristen Clarke 866-OUR-VOTE (@KristenClarkeJD) November 16, 2020
So this seems like something that would come under the guidance Bill Barr recently gave DOJ to investigate 👀 https://t.co/QvKO3nUUIx
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) November 16, 2020
Though it’s highly unlikely Attorney General William Barr will charge Graham with anything, the case could easily be picked up by the attorney general for the Biden administration, meaning the South Carolina senator would be in very big legal trouble.
Graham may also be facing investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee, which may well be in the hands of Democrats after the two Senate races in Georgia are decided in January. And Graham may well have handed the election to Democrats, according to Amy Gardner, who wrote the Post article. She told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Monday evening:
“So the fear is that Donald Trump is going to tweet something. He’s going to tweet displeasure at Sens. Loeffler and Purdue – some of the other Republicans who see this election being administered fairly, legally, ethically, I think their view is that’s not smart politically, that sort of casting doubt on the election is a distraction that does the opposite of unify the Republican party at a time they need to get all of their voters out again just in a few short weeks.”
Lindsey has really stepped into the shit this time. And his meddling may have cost him more than he can possibly imagine.