They also called on the Commission of Inquiry that Graham “intimidated anyone in the Senate investigation into the Georgia referendum.”
The Senate Commission reviews the complaint “from any source,” according to its instructions, but it will investigate Graham uncertainly. The commission, which is divided between the three Democrats and three Republicans, makes secret acts and often spits as little as clapping on the wrists to warn lawmakers of wrongdoing.
“No, no,” Graham told CNN on Wednesday when asked if he was worried about facing an ethical investigation.
“I called the Secretary of State to find out how you verify the signatures and the database you use because I think it’s important that if we go to the polls, we get it right,” Graham said in the Capitol.
Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior ally of Trump, has no oversight on the election issue, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Senate Rules Committee, and has faced criticism for his interference in the democratic process.
Graham is not yet considered a Trump-winning state. When asked why, Graham said Wednesday “” Because they are not in question. I mean we are looking at a competitive state. I do not look at the states he lost. Challenges. “
Spokesman Kevin Graham, Kevin Smith, dismissed the ethical complaint, noting that Painter and Shaub were “long-time, frequent and outspoken critics of Senator Graham.”
In the letter, three ethics experts and Trump critics wrote that if the allegations were true, Graham’s behavior was “a misdemeanor in the office” and “ignored by senators”, and claimed that the ethics committee headed by Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford Chris Coons should “seek appropriate sanctions or other appropriate remedies.”
“For the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to tell the Minister of Foreign Affairs that he refuses to count the ballots that are threatening the election process and undermining the democracy of the deputies,” they wrote.
Raffensperger told the Situation Office on CNN Monday that Graham had suggested he should try to cancel some elections in Georgia.
“It’s just a matter of ‘looking hard and seeing how many cards you can issue,'” Raffensperger said.
Georgia’s election administration manager Gabriel Sterling, who works for Raffensperger, said Tuesday he attended a meeting with Graham on Friday. Sterling said he overheard senators asking whether state officials could throw out ballots where “percentages” of signatures did not “match” exactly.
Mr. Graham’s comments “may be skeptical” of what is considered acceptable, Sterling said. But he added that he understood why Raffensperger and Graham interpreted the discussion differently.
“The president will continue to fight; his supporters will continue to fight,” Sterling said. “Our job is to continue to follow the rules, and we have answered questions about the process.”
CNN’s Sarah Fortinsky and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.