Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily blocks Sen. Graham’s subpoena from Georgia grand jury

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas during the formal group photograph at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, US, on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked a subpoena issued by a Georgia grand jury seeking testimony from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The hold on the subpoena came days after Graham’s attorneys asked Thomas to delay the senator’s appearance before the grand jury, which is investigating possible criminal interference in Georgia’s presidential election in 2020.

The grand jury specifically is probing the actions of former President Donald Trump and his allies, including Graham, who contacted state election officials and others on the heels of the election, which was one in that state and nationally by President Joe Biden.

Thomas, who is responsible for emergency applications such as Graham’s issued out of the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issued the stay on his own accord, without referring the question to the entire Supreme Court.

The stay will give time to Graham’s lawyers and prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, more to file briefs arguing whether the subpoena should be allowed to stand or not.

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