District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, Fani Willis, is requesting the formation of a grand jury to assist in an investigation into former President Trump’s phone call with Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, allegedly asking him to find the votes necessary to defeat Joe Biden in the state during the 2020 elections. Trump is already denying that any wrongdoing has happened, however.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Willis sent a letter to Christopher S. Brasher, chief judge of Fulton County’s Superior Court, asking for the formation of the grand jury because a “significant number of witnesses and prospective witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation absent a subpoena requiring their testimony.”
The AJC reported that Willis claims Trump committed a handful of crimes during the phone call, including conspiracy and racketeering, and solicitation to commit election fraud.
“We’re going to just get the facts, get the law, be very methodical, very patient and, in some extent, unemotional about this quest for justice,” said Willis earlier this month.
This may be tough for Willis to pull off, however, as she will first need to have proof that Trump knew that what he was doing was unlawful when he called Raffensperger.
Trump is already getting his own message about the situation into the ether, saying that the phone call between him and Raffensperger was “perfect.”
“Perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian President, if that’s possible,” added Trump according to Business Insider.
Trump said that he suspected at the time that the call was being recorded, possibly illegally so.
“I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both sides,” Trump said of the call. “Although I assumed the call may have been inappropriately, and perhaps illegally, recorded, I was not informed of that.”
Regardless, Trump claims that he “didn’t say anything wrong in the call” and said that the call was made as President of the United States “to look into the massive voter fraud which took place in Georgia.”
“What this Civil Special Grand Jury should be looking into is not my perfect phone call, but the large-scale voter fraud that took place in Georgia. Then they would be doing a great job for the people. No more political witch hunts!” Trump said.
The AJC said that legal experts are split on Trump’s guilt, with some claiming that the criminal intent is there while others are saying that the case is a bit more complicated. Either way, it would appear that it will be an uphill battle for Willis, and one more attempt to legally attack Trump.
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