Special grand jury considering interference in Trump’s Georgia election to meet on Monday

Fulton County prosecutors will begin selecting entrants on Monday to a special grand jury to consider whether former President Donald Trump should be prosecuted for his attempts to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the 2020 election results, which he lost.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked a panel of judges in January for the special grand jury because of “information indicating a reasonable likelihood” that the election “was subject to potential criminal disruption.”

Willis said in interviews that the investigation includes a January 2, 2021, phone call in which Trump told the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger“I just want find 11,780 votes.” Trump lost the state to Joe Biden by that margin – a result that was affirmed by several reports.

Special grand juries are uncommon. They focus on just one investigation and can be on-board for much longer than typical juries, which often consider charging recommendations for a variety of investigations.

This grand jury will have “an investigative focus appropriate to the complexity of the facts and circumstances involved,” Willis said in his January order.

Willis wrote in the order that “a significant number of witnesses and potential witnesses refused to cooperate with the investigation in the absence of a subpoena demanding their testimony.”

Willis said in an April 19 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she will wait until the state 24th of May primaries to issue subpoenas to public officials – meaning the special grand jury can’t hear witnesses until June.

“I don’t want anyone to say, ‘Oh, she’s doing this because she wants to influence the outcome of the next election,'” Willis told the paper.

Willis notified at least four state officials of his investigation in February 2021, sending document preservation notices to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr.

Trump said in a Jan. 20 statement that “my phone call to the Georgia secretary of state was perfect.”

A Trump spokesperson said Friday in a text to CBS News that an “illegal ballot trafficking ring” influenced the Georgia election outcome, referring to unproven allegations made frequently by Trump and his supporters. .

“A grand jury must be opened for massive election fraud in Georgia in 2020,” said Liz Harrington, a spokeswoman for Trump.

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