Former President Donald Trump has fired back in response to the news that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has requested a special grand jury be formed to help with her investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to pressure Georgia officials after the 2020 election.
Willis said Thursday that a grand jury is needed because a “significant number of witnesses and prospective witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation absent a subpoena requiring their testimony,” and cited comments which Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger made during an interview with NBC News in Oct. 2021, in which he said “if she wants to interview me, there’s a process for that.”
Willis said that her decision on whether she will file charges against Trump could come as early as the first half of 2022. Her request for a special grand jury must be approved by a majority of the county’s superior court judges.
On Thursday, Trump released the following statement:
My phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia was perfect, perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian President, if that’s possible. I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both sides. Although I assumed the call may have been inappropriately, and perhaps illegally, recorded, I was not informed of that. 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.
Just last week, it was further determined that they are looking into ballot harvesting in Fulton County, after supposedly watching tapes of it actually taking place. This alone could be tens of thousands of votes. 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!
President Donald J. Trump:
“My phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia was perfect, perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian President, if that’s possible. I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both… pic.twitter.com/TCMZnzkX5L
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 20, 2022
On Friday, Trump released a second statement:
So let me get this straight, I am being investigated in Georgia for asking an Attorney General with many lawyers and others knowingly on the phone to look for corruption, which definitely took place in the Georgia Presidential election—but the people who committed the crime are in no way, shape, or form under investigation and are instead being protected?
The people looking for the crime are being hounded and the people who committed the crime are being protected. This is not the American way.
President Donald J. Trump:
“So let me get this straight, I am being investigated in Georgia for asking an Attorney General with many lawyers and others knowingly on the phone to look for corruption, which definitely took place in the Georgia Presidential election— pic.twitter.com/lkOkZUah74
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 21, 2022
BREAKING: Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is requesting a special grand jury to aid in her investigation of Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.https://t.co/4t6ahJgh4z
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 20, 2022
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