Georgia prosecutor asks grand jury to investigate Trump over election
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The main prosecutor of Atlanta, Georgia, asked a judge Thursday to appoint a special grand jury to investigate the then-president's efforts donald trump to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, after results showed that President Joe Biden won that state.
Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, He said that a special grand jury is needed, among other reasons, to be able to demand the testimony of a significant number of witnesses who refuse to cooperate with your investigation.
That investigation "has received information indicating a reasonable probability" that the 2020 Georgia election "was subject to potential criminal disruption," Willis told Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher in a letter, which quotes CNBC.
Willis said his office learned that “individuals associated with these outages” had contacted the Georgia secretary of state, the state attorney general and the US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
“As a result, our office has opened an investigation into any coordinated attempt to illegally alter the outcome of the 2020 election in this state,” the prosecutor wrote.
The prosecutor told the Associated Press earlier this month that her investigation, which began last February, is looking into a Jan. 2, 2021, call Trump had with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The call came four days before the US Congress met in a joint session to confirm Biden's victory in the Electoral College vote, which included votes from the list of Georgia electors.
Trump's call to the secretary of state
During Trump's call with Raffensperger, he urged the state's top election official to "find him" enough votes to overturn his loss to Democrat Biden.
"All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes," Trump told Raffensperger on the call.
Trump also did what Georgia's voting system implementation manager called days later a series of “probably false” claims about alleged electoral irregularities.
Trump, in a statement released Thursday, called his phone call with Raffensperger "perfect," calling the investigation a witch hunt and repeating false claims of voter fraud that he frequently makes.
Trump's pressure on Raffensperger to find votes for him was part of a sustained effort to get lawmakers and judges in several swing states reverse Biden's victories in those states and erase his lead over Trump in the Electoral College count.
The results of the Electoral College, not the popular vote, determine the winner of a presidential election.
Other indications that require investigation
Willis is also investigating the surprise resignation of Atlanta's top federal prosecutor on January 4, 2021 and a November 2020 call Raffensperger had with Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, Trump ally.
In his request Thursday, Willis wrote that "a significant number of witnesses and potential witnesses have refused to cooperate” with their investigation without a grand jury subpoena, that would compel his testimony.
“By way of example, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a material witness in the investigation, has indicated that he will not participate in an interview or offer evidence until subpoenaed by my office,” Willis wrote.
The prosecutor noted in the letter that a special purpose grand jury would not have the authority to return indictments in the case. But "it may make recommendations about criminal prosecution as it sees fit," Willis said.
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