“You are likely aware that I am conducting a criminal investigation of former President Donald J. Trump and his associates regarding alleged attempts to improperly influence the administration of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Please be aware that on May 2, 2022, A Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury will convene as the next step in this investigation. My staff and I will not be influenced or intimidated by anyone as this investigation moves forward.”
Here is a link to a copy of Willis’ letter.
In his letter, Willis referenced Trump’s remarks at his rally in Texas and quoted him verbatim. “Mr. Trump has made multiple references to known investigations to relate to his activities and the activities of his associates and organizations, including the ongoing criminal investigation in my office.
She specifically mentioned these quotes from Trump:
“If these radically vicious and racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere because that our country and our elections are corrupt. […]
“This is truly prosecutorial misconduct at the highest level. These prosecutors are vicious and horrible people. They are racist and they are very sick. They are mentally ill. They are suing me without any protection of my rights by the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you, and I happen to be the person in the way….”
Trump did not mention any attorney by name, but the places he cited and his references to racism and being a victim indicate that he is referring to Willis, the New State Attorney General. York, Letitia James, and New York County Attorney Alvin Bragg, as well as Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault. All four are black.
Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney, inherited a special grand jury convened by his predecessor Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to hear testimony in a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization’s business dealings. However, Bragg did not explicitly say that Donald Trump was the target of his investigation. Other potential targets include Trump’s children, Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric.
Willis then added that Trump’s “rhetoric is more alarming” because he told the crowd at the Texas rally that if elected president in 2024 he could pardon those convicted of crimes related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
She asked the FBI to conduct a risk assessment of the Fulton County courthouse and government center to ensure protective resources are in place well before the special grand jury is convened on May 2. “We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we don’t have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
Willis has compelling evidence of Trump’s direct involvement in attempts to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results. The investigation focuses on the tape of the January 2, 2021 call that Trump made to the Republican Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger to pressure him to “find 11,780 votes” – the margin by which Trump lost the state.
Last month the The Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia granted Willis’ request to appoint a special grand jury to investigate Trump’s efforts to nullify the state’s 2020 election. The special grand jury has the power to subpoena and the authority to obtain documents. Willis said Raffensperger and several other potential witnesses refused to cooperate with the investigation absent a subpoena.
Among Trump associates who could be potential targets of Willis’ investigation are his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, DOJ official Jeffrey Clark and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. . All reportedly had contact with Georgian election officials and/or state lawmakers in an effort to overturn the election results.
Willis’ team is also studying the sudden resignation of Atlanta-based US Attorney Bjay Pak; a phone call Graham made to Raffensperger and false statements made by Giuliani during a hearing before the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Willis said his office is investigating potential violations of Georgia law such as criminal solicitation to commit voter fraud, intentional interference with the performance of election duties, conspiracy and racketeering.