A federal judge ruled on Monday that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham must appear before a grand jury in Georgia

 looking into former President Donald Trump and his supporters' attempts to rig the 2020 election. The grand jury is investigating these efforts.

Graham claimed that his status as a U.S. senator exempted him from testifying before the Fulton County investigative

which issued a subpoena to him last month. However, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May rejected this claim.

The court finds that the District Attorney has shown extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham's

 Trump has falsely claimed that he won Georgia, a battleground state that was key to Democratic President Joe Biden's victory

The grand jury wants to question Graham about at least two phone calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

in which Graham explored the possibility of re-examining absentee ballots, according to prosecutors."