Jul 18, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Jody Hice fights subpoena in Trump 2020 election probe in Atlanta

Rep. Jody Hice holding a cell phone

Rep. Jody Hice. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) is the latest official to fight a subpoena to appear before the Fulton County DA's special grand jury for the investigation of efforts by former President Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election.

Driving the news: Hice, who was supposed to testify on Tuesday, will argue his case to quash the subpoena before a federal judge next Monday.

Why it matters: Hice has been among the most vocal officials to spread false claims of voter fraud. He lost a bid to become the Republican nominee for Georgia's secretary of state in May.

  • Hice was present at a December 2020 White House meeting focused on efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to reject certification of the election results.

Catch up quick: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is also fighting his subpoena in South Carolina court using a different legal argument. A judge has scheduled a hearing in Graham’s proceedings for Wednesday.

  • Georgia state lawmakers have successfully asked for limits to what they can be questioned about given legislative privilege, and one who has been targeted has asked for the DA to recuse herself in his possible prosecution.

The other side: In a statement to Axios, Hice's spokesperson Sarah Selip said Hice is "eager to return to Washington, D.C. to fulfill his duties as a member of Congress as the House of Representatives is in session this week."

Axios' Andrew Solender contributed reporting.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include further detail about Hice’s federal court proceedings.

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