Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who’s conducting a criminal investigation into attempts by former President Donald Trump and certain allies of his to undercut the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, indicated this week that a subpoena for Trump is possible.
On Tuesday, grand jury subpoenas associated with the investigation targeting prominent Trump allies including Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) were revealed. Willis also indicated that more subpoenas for individuals with connections to Trump would be emerging as her investigation proceeds. Asked for specifics about who might be subpoenaed, Willis remarked: “We’ll just have to see where the investigation leads us. But I think that people thought that we came into this as some kind of game. This is not a game at all. What I am doing is very serious, is very important work, and we’re going to do our due diligence in making sure that we look at all aspects of the case. And so all you see is a prosecutor doing their due diligence.” Willis said “anything is possible” when asked about the possibility of a subpoena for Trump himself. Check out Willis’s comments below:
In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, Trump personally got in touch with Georgia leaders including Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both of whom are Republicans, to push for action to undercut Biden’s win in the state. Both Kemp and Raffensperger resisted the then-president’s pushes, but attempts to help secure Trump a second term in office didn’t end there. Giuliani repeatedly spoke before state legislators, to whom he pushed false claims about the election. John Eastman, an infamous former attorney for Trump closely involved in efforts to block Biden’s victory, also testified in Georgia to legislators, to whom he pushed the idea they ought to back a so-called alternate slate of electors for Trump. No alternate electoral vote scheme had any legal foundation; it was delusional chicanery that simply didn’t reflect the law or the basic reality that the 2020 presidential race had been documented to be secure. Eastman was also subpoenaed in Willis’s investigation.
Lawyers for Graham indicated that the Senator intends to fight Willis’s subpoena in court. He was originally swept into the matter through his communications with Raffensperger. In a phone conversation, Graham apparently brought up the possibility of discarding all mail-in votes from counties with high rates of rejections on the basis of signature issues. Doing so would have meant significant numbers of legally cast votes would’ve been discarded. “Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said,” according to The Washington Post. “It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” according to Raffensperger, in reference to the possibility Graham raised. Graham was “well within his rights to discuss with state officials the processes and procedures around administering elections,” that statement from his lawyers said. That’s a remarkably generous characterization of what Graham did, eliminating the context of the Senator’s remarks.
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