In a far-ranging investigation, Fulton County District Attorney (AG) Fani Willis has taken on Donald Trump for his attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election by manipulating votes in Georgia. She has also included former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in her investigation.
Willis looked into whether Trump or his close circle of advisers illegally tried to steal Georgia’s presidential votes. He called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and attempted to cajole, threaten, and intimidate him. Fortunately, the call was recorded. Especially damning was the ex-president trying to make the secretary of state “find” votes. Willis said, according to CNN:
‘You and I have listened to that phone call. But also I have the benefit of also having talked to a lot of witnesses and probably having read more on this than most people would like to.’
Her investigation has over “100 potential witnesses related to the investigation” at this time. The AG noted:
‘When I sit down, I will have done everything that I know how to do to bring a fair and true picture. And so they’re welcome to their opinions. But while I sit here as the elected DA, we’re going to do things so that the American public can be confident we did everything we knew how to do to bring justice.’
The Politically Georgia Podcast interviewed Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insider Greg Bluestein, columnist Patricia Murphy, and senior reporter Tamar Hallerman. The question was why did the AG want security? They asked:
‘[Why did] Willis call for backup from the police after Trump’s weekend rally?’
Willis believed that the ex-president’s ongoing lies might cause violence, CNN reported on her comment:
‘It’s not a joke. I take it very seriously. It was irresponsible. And that’s the best that I could say about it. It was irresponsible. If it wasn’t irresponsible, it was something much worse.’
The Georgia AG requested a special grand jury and received it, beginning on May 2. It cannot indict, but it will only deal with the Trump investigation. Other grand juries are usually involved a number of investigations. This grand jury will have the power to send subpoenas to force witnesses to testify and bring in evidence. The end goal is “possible criminal charges:”
‘I think the reason we needed a special-purpose grand jury was certainly we have tried to, for several months now, just call people in and ask them to speak to us. And some people are hesitant to do so — they were requesting a subpoena. And so for my purposes, for the purposes of us being able to investigate, we needed a special-purpose grand jury.’
In a letter to the court asking for a special grand jury, she wrote:
‘[My office] received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions.’
Watch this space.
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