Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted on Tuesday that he not only attempted to meddle in Georgia’s vote count but also spoke with secretaries of state in Nevada and Arizona as well.
Punch Bowl News Founder and former Politico reporter Jake Sherman reported via Twitter that Graham “told a group of reporters in the capitol that he’s also spoken to Secretaries of State in Nevada and Arizona” in addition to Georgia, because he is “a senator who is worried about election integrity.”
Within minutes, however, Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs denied that she had spoken with Graham, tweeting: “This is false. I have not spoken with [Sen. Lindsey Graham].”
The Washington Post reported Monday night that Graham had spoken with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who told the newspaper that Graham had pressured him to question the validity of legally cast ballots.
In the interview, Raffensperger also said he spoke on Friday to Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has echoed Trump’s unfounded claims about voting irregularities.
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.
The Post wrote that “Raffspenger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots.”
He told the newspaper: “It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road.”
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