Donald Trump has once again called an ongoing investigation against him a “witch hunt” as a criminal investigation into his attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results intensifies.
The former president denounced an investigation by Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis into whether Trump’s phone call, asking Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes to overturn the state results, constituted election interference.
Trump slammed Georgia prosecutors as a special grand jury is set to begin hearing testimony on Wednesday, June 1.
Up to 50 people could be subpoenaed by the special grand jury to testify in the criminal investigation, according to The New York Times. CNN reported that Raffensperger, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Gabe Sterling and former Chief Electoral Officer Chris Harvey are among those ordered to testify.
“Georgia’s young and ambitious radical left-wing Democratic ‘attorney’, who presides over one of the most criminal and corrupt places in the United States, Fulton County, has assembled a grand jury to investigate an absolutely phone call” PERFECT’ to the Secretary of State,” Trump wrote on the Truth Social social media platform.
“Many lawyers, on both sides, were knowingly on the call. I also assumed it was being taped. I called to fight a rigged and stolen election, and they come after me instead. people who faked it and stole it. God bless America!”
Trump went on to say that violent crime is “about at an all-time high” in Fulton County, but Willis is spending “VAST amounts of time, energy and money prosecuting me for making a phone call PERFECT, instead of the criminals who systematically destroy our Nation.
“Same The Washington Post was forced to make a major retraction on this ongoing witch hunt!” Trump added in an apparent reference to a correction given by The post officein March 2021, which falsely claimed the former president told Georgia lead election investigator Frances Watson that she could become a “national hero,” if she could “find the fraud” in the 2020 state election results. In his fix, The post office reported that he instead told her that she would find “dishonesty” if she probed the ballots and that she had “the most important job in the country right now”.
Willis said she was not limiting her investigation to Trump’s phone call. She was also investigating fake voters who tried to falsely declare Trump the winner of the state in 2020.
“There are so many issues that could have arisen if someone was involved in submitting a document that they know is fake,” Willis said. The New York Times. “You can not do that.”
The special grand jury, which ultimately cannot issue indictments but can issue subpoenas, will work no longer than 12 months. The process of hearing evidence is expected to take several weeks.
Newsweek contacted the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for comment.