Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) spent months publicly fighting a subpoena for his testimony before a Georgia grand jury investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. But, a new book says he quickly turned on the former president once he was behind closed-doors.
According to the book by Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidmanin titled, Find Me the Votes: A Hard-Charging Georgia Prosecutor, a Rogue President, and the Plot to Steal an American Election,” Graham “turned on a dime” and “threw Trump under the bus” when he testified before the grand jury in November 2022.
Graham reportedly told grand jurors that if you told Trump “Martians came and stole the election, he’d probably believe you,” Politico reported. “He also suggested to the grand jurors that Trump cheated at golf.”
The authors also described a “strange encounter” between Graham and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) who was leading the investigation.
“After Graham was finished testifying, he bumped into Fani Willis in a hallway and thanked her for the opportunity to tell his story,” Isikoff and Klaidmanin write.
“‘That was so cathartic,’ he told Willis. ‘I feel so much better.’ Then, to the astonishment of one source who witnessed the scene, South Carolina’s senior senator hugged the Fulton County DA who was aggressively pursuing Trump. Willis’s reaction: ‘She was like “whatever, dude,”’ according to one witness of the strange encounter.”
Willis’ investigation led to Trump’s indictment on 13 criminal charges related to his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In total, Trump faces 91 felony charges across four indictments. Despite this, he is on track to secure the GOP nomination for president with the endorsement of Graham who has remain a vocal supporter of the former president, at least in public.