Georgia prosecutor calls for special jury to hear Trump election

January 20 (Reuters) – Georgia’s largest county attorney on Thursday called for a special jury with the power of sapona to help investigate then – President Donald Trump’s attempts to influence the U.S. state’s 2020 election results.

In a letter to the Fulton County Chief Justice, first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, District Attorney Fanny Willis wrote that many of the witnesses being questioned refused to cooperate with Sapona, who needed their testimony.

“Therefore, I hereby request that a special purpose grand jury be appointed for the purpose of directly or indirectly investigating the facts and circumstances relating to possible attempts to disrupt the legal administration of the 2020 elections in the State of Georgia.” Willis wrote.

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The Investigation Willis, a Democrat, said in a phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger that Trump’s investigation into Trump was “very serious.”

Rafensberger, whom he described as an “essential witness” to Willis in particular, noted that he would only take part in an interview with Sapona.

In a statement, Trump backed his “correct” phone call and reiterated false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

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Trump critics believe his legal issues could eventually prevent a possible presidential election in 2024.

“It starts,” Sheldon, a Democratic senator from Rhode Island, tweeted after the news of the White House’s request for Georgia.

‘Discovery’ votes

Willis said in his letter that a special grand jury needed to be able to sap witnesses because jurors could be in place for a long time and could only focus on one trial.

A spokesman for the High Court in Fulton County, which covers most of the state capital Atlanta, said there was no immediate deadline for Willis’ request.

Jan. In a call for 2, 2021, Trump urged Democrat Joe Biden to “find” enough votes to defeat his defeat in Georgia, along with fellow Republican Rafenzberger. The transcript quotes Rafenberger as saying: “I would like to find 11,780 votes, which is the number Trump needs to win Georgia.”

Legal experts say Trump’s phone calls may have violated at least three state election laws: conspiracy to commit electoral fraud, criminal conspiracy to commit electoral fraud, and deliberate interference in election duties. Potential criminal and misconduct violations are punishable by fines or imprisonment.

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Report by Rami Job and Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Bill Berkrod, Jonathan Odyssey and Cynthia Asterman.

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