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Fulton County DA Asks For Special Grand Jury In 2020 Election Investigation

Fulton County DA Asks For Special Grand Jury In 2020 Election Investigation

Fani WIllis

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent a letter Thursday to Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christopher Brasher asking him to impanel a special grand jury. She wrote in the letter that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions.”

Willis has declined to speak publicly about the specifics of her investigation, but in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month she confirmed that its scope includes, but is not limited to, a January 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.

Gabriel Sterling, Voting System Implementation Manager of Georgia Secretary of State’s office, speaks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar

 

Willis, who took office in January 2021, said the special grand jury is needed because it can serve a term longer than a normal grand jury term. It would also be able to focus on this investigation alone, allowing it to focus on the complex facts and circumstances. And having a special grand jury would mean that the regular seated grand jury wouldn’t have to deal with this investigation in addition to their regular duties, Willis wrote. She also asked that a superior court judge be appointed to assist and supervise the special grand jury in its investigation.

 

Special grand juries are not used often in Georgia, but can help in the investigation of complex matters. They do not have the power to return an indictment but can make recommendations to prosecutors on criminal prosecutions.

In a statement via his spokesperson Liz Harrington on Thursday, Trump said his call to Raffensperger was “perfect.” “I didn’t say anything wrong in the call, made while I was President on behalf of the United States of America, to look into the massive voter fraud which took place in Georgia,” Trump said. He ended his statement by saying, “No more political witch hunts!”

Federal and state officials have repeatedly said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Georgia or elsewhere in the country during the 2020 election. In Georgia, officials identified 64 potential voter fraud cases, representing just 0.54% of Biden’s margin of victory in the state. Of those, 31 were determined to be the result of an administrative error or some other mistake.

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