Fulton County DDistrict Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday requested that a special grand jury be convened to assist in a case involving former President Donald Trump.
The prosecutor, who is leading a criminal investigation into whether Trump and his allies broke state law with phone calls about the 2020 election results, argued in a letter to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher that she needs a special grand jury because key witnesses have refused to cooperate with her investigation.
“The District Attorney’s Office has received information indicating a reasonable likelihood that the administration of the 2020 State of Georgia elections, including the statewide election of the President of the United States, has made the subject to possible criminal disturbance,” she said. wrote.
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Willis’s investigation has been opened last February shortly after the audio surfaced in January, Trump asked Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes, enough to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the state. The call took place on January 2, 2021, according to the Washington Post.
She requested that the special grand jury begin in May and last no longer than a year. The special grand jury would not have the power to return an indictment but could make recommendations on criminal prosecution if it so chooses. His function would be to help investigate possible efforts to thwart the 2020 elections in Georgia.
Willis cited Raffensperger as an example of a key witness who indicated he would refuse to cooperate unless he received a subpoena. She included a transcript of an interview he did on NBC Meet the press in which he suggested he would comply with a grand jury summons.
Several officials were reportedly interviewed by Willis’ office in this investigation, including at least four officials from the Secretary of State’s office. Earlier this month, Willis told the Associated Press that she believed her office’s decision whether or not to pursue criminal charges could come in the first half of the year.
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Trump said on Thursday he did nothing wrong in his appeal to Raffensperger. In a statement released by his Save America PAC, Trump argued that he was simply investigating “massive voter fraud that took place in Georgia.”
“My phone call with the Georgia secretary of state was perfect, maybe even better than my call with the Ukrainian president, if that’s possible,” Trump said. “What this special civilian grand jury should be looking into is not my perfect phone call, but the large-scale voter fraud that took place in Georgia. Then they would do a great job for the people.”