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Georgia DA Seeks Special Grand Jury in Trump Election Case

The Georgia prosecutor investigating possible attempts by former President Trump to interfere with the 2020 election is asking for a special grand jury, according to The Associated Press. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is questioning several phone calls involving Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a resignation of the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta and comments made during Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election. Key witnesses like Raffensperger refused to assist the investigation without a subpoena, which a special grand jury would have the power to issue.

Willis has requested Georgia officials to keep documents of any election records, especially instructions that may have influenced the election. Trump and his spokespeople have dismissed Willis' investigation as a "politically motivated witch hunt." Trump has repeatedly contested the results of the 2020 election, claiming massive voter fraud in Georgia. Federal, state and independent investigations by the Associated Press have not confirmed such voter fraud in Georgia or other battleground states. The possible cases that did turn up represent less than .54 percent of President Biden's victory margin in the state. A grand jury like the one Willis seeks would not have the power to return an indictment but could make recommendations for criminal prosecutions.

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