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US Representative Jody Haise summoned in Georgia election investigation

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Republican U.S. Rep. of Georgia. Jody Hiss has been summoned to testify before a special grand jury that is investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others tried to illegally interfere with the state’s 2020 election.

His attorney said in a filing to the court that the summons Haise received on June 29 orders him to appear Tuesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta. That filing seeks to hear the case in federal court rather than a Fulton County Superior Court judge overseeing the special grand jury.

“Since Congressman Hiss is a member of the United States House of Representatives and is being asked to testify pursuant to a state-issued subpoena, the federal officer expulsion statute must apply, and therefore this action must be removed” by federal court, Attorney Lore Anne Paradise wrote in the filing Friday.

Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis launched an investigation early last year into whether Trump and his aides had committed any crimes as they sought to end their narrow electoral losses in the state. At his request a special grand jury with summoning power was set up in May.

Read more: Georgia DA considers seeking Donald Trump’s testimony in 2020 election investigation

Several high-ranking Republican state officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr, have already testified before a special grand jury. Governor Brian Kemp is set to make a swearing-in statement on July 25.

Hiss, who stepped down in January after a failed bid to oust Raffensperger, was one of several GOP lawmakers who attended a December 2020 meeting at the White House in which Trump aides called for various measures to reverse Joe Biden’s election victory. methods were discussed. Hiss joined other members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative wing of the chamber, in an after-hours meeting to discuss two specific strategies for reversing election results with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The first was an attempt to appoint an alternative slate of voters that would declare Trump the winner of the seven battleground states won by Biden. The second was a plan to run a pressure campaign against then-Vice President Mike Pence for disregarding the true electoral votes of the seven states when he presided over the formal certification process on January 6, 2021.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Meadows aide, disclosed the details of the White House meeting to the House committee investigating the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol.

Earlier this month, Willis began the process of calling out-of-state witnesses to testify. This included some of Trump’s close advisers and aides, including US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also served as Trump’s lawyer.

Graham is scheduled to have a hearing in federal court in South Carolina later this week to try to fight Willis’ attempt to testify.

Willis, a Democrat, has alleged that she is interested in the actions of a group of 16 Georgia Republicans who, while serving as an alternative slate of voters, falsely signed a certificate saying Trump had won the state. When it was actually Biden who got the most votes.

Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report.

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