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Watchdogs formally demand Senate investigate Lindsey Graham over election meddling allegations

Watchdogs formally demand Senate investigate Lindsey Graham over election meddling allegations

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Senator Lindsey Graham is spending the final days of the Trump era doing exactly what he’s done for the past four years: shamelessly performing the dirty work of our corrupt, disastrous president and undermining American democracy in the process. Once an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Graham has contorted himself into one of the president’s most obsequious lapdogs, a pathetic minion of a man who happily degrades himself to spread the harmful lies pumped out by the White House.

With the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, Graham could have chosen to distance himself from Trump and return to some form of sane rhetoric. Instead, it appears that he is actively working behind the scenes to subvert the will of the American people. An allegation that he tried to convince Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to discard legal ballots—proffered by Raffensberger himself—is now spurring calls for Graham’s resignation.

It should come as no surprise that Graham, as dishonorable a public servant as one is likely to find in modern American history, has no intention of resigning, protected as he is from Senate expulsion by the GOP’s control of the chamber. But while Mitch McConnell might be able to protect Graham from immediate consequences he can do nothing to stop the growing media firestorm.

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An official request has been sent to the Senate Ethics Committee for it to open an investigation into Graham’s election behavior to ascertain whether nor not Graham tried to convince Raffensperger to “disenfranchise Georgia voters by not counting votes lawfully cast for the office of president.” The request was tendered by Walter Shaub, the former chief of the United States Office of Government Ethics, Richard Painter, chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush’s White House, and Claire Finkelstein, Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennslyvania.

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As the three legal experts point out in their letter if true the allegation against Graham “constitutes an abuse of office and conduct unbecoming of a senator.” While it’s unclear how the committee will respond to the request, it represents one more important building block in the campaign to hold Graham accountable for his assault on our Republic’s sacred right to vote.

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The people of South Carolina may have elected this odious creature to represent them for another six years this cycle but a concerted effort to expose him for the crook he is could prove crucial in ensuring that they don’t make that mistake again. This man is an enemy of democracy and must be treated as such by the media.

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