Georgia prosecutor reveals timeline for Trump criminal investigation

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FThe Ulton County District Attorney said she expects witness testimony to begin June 1 as part of a criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump attempted to illegally annul the results of the 2020 elections in Georgia.

Selection for a special-purpose grand jury will begin May 2, but witness testimony will not begin until after the Georgia primaries on May 24, District Attorney Fani Willis said. Told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I don’t want anyone to say, ‘Oh, she’s doing this because she wants to influence the outcome of this upcoming election,'” Willis said in an interview Monday. “The people will decide the outcome of this upcoming election. It will have nothing to do with the district attorney’s office.”

The one-month gap between jury selection and witness testimonies will be used to issue subpoenas to witnesses reluctant to testify on the issue, including at least 30 people who had previously refused interviews.

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Willis said 50 people have already voluntarily testified and there are about 60 more that his office hopes to speak with in the coming weeks.

Although Willis has not released a specific list of witnesses, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger may be among those asked to testify. Willis’ investigation began after Trump made a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call with Raffensperger in which the former president urged him to “find” the 11,780 votes he needed to win the state. Raffensperger is running for re-election as Georgian secretary of state and will be on the Republican primary ballot in May.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed concerns about his “perfect” call to Raffensperger. President Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Georgia since former President Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump has alleged widespread voter fraud was responsible for his downfall in several swing states, including Georgia. The Trump campaign and its allies have pursued several lawsuits over the matter, the majority of which have been launched by federal judges.

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The special grand jury was allowed to continue until the spring of 2023, but Willis said in February she planned to act “within a year.” The district attorney is reviewing several possible violations of state law, including voter fraud, willful interference with the performance of election duties, and conspiracy.

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