7 Trump allies named to appear in Georgia criminal investigation

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Seven advisers and allies of Donald Trump, including Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham, were subpoenaed Tuesday in Georgia’s ongoing criminal investigation into election interference by Trump and his associates. The move was the latest sign that the investigation has entangled a number of prominent members of Trump’s orbit and could cloud the future of the former president himself.

The subpoenas underscore the scope of the investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, which encompasses most of Atlanta. She is weighing a range of charges, according to court documents, including racketeering and conspiracy, and her investigation has encompassed witnesses from across state lines. The latest round of subpoenas was reported earlier by The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A subpoena is not an indication that anyone is under investigation, although some of the latest recipients are considered at risk in the case, particularly Giuliani, a Trump personal attorney who is became a central figure in the proceedings before the grand jury. in the Georgia survey. Giuliani spent several hours speaking before state legislative panels in December 2020, where he peddled false conspiracy theories about corrupt voting machines and a video he said showed secret suitcases of ballots. Democrat votes. He told members of the State House at the time, “You can’t certify Georgia in good faith.”

Willis’ office, in its subpoena, said Giuliani “possesses unique knowledge regarding communications between himself, former President Trump, the Trump campaign, and other known and unknown individuals involved in the coordinated efforts. of several states to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.

While the subpoenas were issued on Tuesday, not all had necessarily been received. Robert Costello, a lawyer for Giuliani, said: “We have not received any subpoenas; therefore, we have no current reviews.

Others have sent subpoenas, including Jenna Ellis, a lawyer who worked closely with Giuliani to overturn the 2020 election results; John Eastman, the legal architect of a plan to keep Trump in power using fake voters; and Graham, the South Carolina Republican who called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, another Republican, days after the election to ask about the rules for rejecting mail-in ballots.

Another prominent lawyer who received a subpoena, Cleta Mitchell, was on January 2, 2021, a call Trump made to Raffensperger where he asked her to find enough votes to overturn the state results. The subpoena issued to him read: ‘During the phone call, the witness and others made allegations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia’s November 2020 election and pressured Secretary Raffensperger to act in his official capacity to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.”

Two other Trump attorneys were also subpoenaed: Jacki Pick Deason, who helped argue Team Trump’s case before the Georgia Legislature, and Kenneth Chesebro.

Most of those subpoenaed could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesperson for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where Deason is a senior fellow, declined to comment.

Much attention is focused on the hearings held in Washington by the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. There’s also an increasingly intense Justice Department investigation into a scheme to create fake presidential voter lists in 2020. But it’s the Georgia investigation that’s the most visible criminal investigation. In progress.

And the subpoenas offered clues as to where his focus is.

Eastman was a key witness at one of the December 2020 legislative hearings led by Giuliani. Willis’ office said in its subpoena to Eastman that during the hearing he “advised lawmakers that they had both the legal authority and the ‘duty’ to supersede the presidential voters list of the Democratic Party, who had been certified as the duly nominated voters for the state of Georgia following the November 2020 election, due to unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud within the state.

They called the appearance a “coordinated, multi-state Trump campaign plan to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”

The subpoena also noted that Eastman “drafted at least two memoranda for the Trump campaign and others detailing a plan by which Vice President Mike Pence, as Senate Speaker, could decline to count some of the votes. President Joe Biden’s election campaign on January 6. — a plan that was rejected by Pence.

Regarding Ellis, Willis’ office said that even after Raffensperger’s office debunked election worker fraud allegations in an Atlanta arena, Ellis persisted. “Despite this, the witness made additional statements alleging widespread voter fraud in Georgia during the November 2020 election,” the subpoena reads.

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