The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a court filing Friday that Graham should have to appear to testify before the county’s special purpose grand jury next week because he is “crucial” to its investigation and “not simply because he possesses necessary and material information but also because he is expected to provide information regarding additional scources of relevant information.”
It went on to say that “delaying the Senator’s testimony would not simply postpone his appearance; it would also delay the revelation of an entire category of relevant witnesses or information.”
The filing was in response to Graham’s attempts to get a federal judge to stay a decision requiring him to appear before the special purpose grand jury until he can appeal.
The judge had given Fulton County prosecutors until Friday at 9 a.m. to respond to Graham’s motion to stay her ruling.
In their response, Georgia prosecutors argued, “Given the possibility that Senator Graham’s testimony could reveal additional routes of inquiry, staying remand and enjoining his appearance at this stage could ultimately delay the resolution of the (Special Purpose Grand Jury)’s entire investigation.”
“The public interest is served by allowing Senator Graham’s appearance to proceed, ensuring the efficient continuation of the Special Purpose Grand Jury’s investigation,” Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney F. McDonald Wakeford wrote.
“[He] should not be afforded the opportunity to increase that delay while he continues to advance arguments that he is not subject to subpoena at all,” Wakeford wrote in the Fulton County district attorney’s response on Friday.
“The District Attorney asks that this Court deny Senator Graham’s motion in order that he, for a single day, can assist them in that great task without further delay. The People have requested Senator Graham’s testimony and stand ready to receive it. All that is left is for the Senator to meet them,” Wakeford added.