Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he will donate half a million dollars to President Donald Trump's legal defense fund as the bitter battle over votes in the 2020 presidential election heads into courtrooms.
Graham, in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday, threw his support behind Trump and announced his backing for the president's legal efforts.
"I'm here tonight to stand with President Trump. He stood with me. He's the reason we're going to have a Senate majority," Graham said.
"He helped Senate Republicans, we're going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that President Trump won," Graham said, adding, "I'm going to donate $500,000 tonight to President Trump's defense legal fund ... so we'll have the resources to fight."
The outcome of the presidential election hangs in the balance with the Trump campaign mounting legal challenges as vote counts continue. Trump has claimed the presence of fraud and accused Democrats of trying to steal the election.
“If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said. “If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us.”
Speaking in the White House briefing room Thursday, the president said, “We think there’ll be a lot of litigation because we can't have an election stolen like this.”
Earlier Thursday, a Biden campaign lawyer called the lawsuits meritless, more political strategy than legal. “I want to emphasize that for their purposes these lawsuits don’t have to have merit. That’s not the purpose. ... It is to create an opportunity for them to message falsely about what’s taking place in the electoral process,” lawyer Bob Bauer said, accusing the Trump campaign of “continually alleging irregularities, failures of the system and fraud without any basis.”
The Trump campaign filed lawsuits Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia, laying the groundwork for contesting battleground states. The new filings join existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demanding better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, and raise absentee ballot concerns, according to the Trump campaign.