WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Georgia prosecutors investigating possible criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election are considering requesting that former President Donald Trump testify under oath to a grand jury while as part of the investigation. Letters have already been received in the form informing many people that they are in danger of being charged.
The developments underscore the quick nature of Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis’ investigation and the major decisions that could lead to prosecutors following more than a year of efforts by Trump and his allies to ease their electoral losses in Georgia. are investigating.
Willis spokesman Jeff DeSantis told The Associated Press that Willis is considering summoning Trump to testify before a special grand jury. Such a demand would almost certainly trigger an immediate court battle, potentially involving constitutional protections against Trump’s self-incrimination. Yahoo reported earlier on Friday that Willis was considering requesting Trump’s testimony.
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Meanwhile, some of the people who were summoned later received so-called target letters, according to a person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. Prosecutors usually issue such letters to inform people they are investigating that they have developed evidence against them and are at risk of criminal charges.
The person who confirmed the issue of the target letter, which Yahoo first reported, would not identify any recipients.
The special grand jury sat at Willis’ request in May and is investigating whether Trump and others tried to illegally interfere in the 2020 election in Georgia after Republicans lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Tried desperately to cling to power. Trump insisted that the election was stolen, despite the fact that many federal and local officials, a long list of courts, top former campaign staff and even his own attorney general have said that There is no evidence of fraud alleged by them.
Willis has confirmed that the investigation includes a January 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger. During that call, Trump urged Riffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss in the state.
“That’s all I want to do. I just want to get 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said during that call. “Because we won the state.”
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly described his calls to Raffensperger as “absolute.”
Willis, a Democrat, has also said that his team is investigating a November 2020 call made by US Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.C., to Raffensperger and false claims of election fraud that were in New York’s former Mayer and Trump attorneys. Rudy Giuliani and others during the December 2020 Legislative Committee hearing at the State Capitol.
Graham and Giuliani are among Trump aides trying to pressure Willis to go to Atlanta to testify before a special grand jury.