Atlanta-area DA weighing whether to call Trump to testify before grand jury in election fraud probe
A focus of the inquiry has been Trump's Jan. 2, 2021, telephone call in which he urged state officials to tilt the 2020 statewide vote in his favor.
- Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is actively considering the move, a spokesman said.
- Willis' wide-ranging investigation launched last year.
- A phone call from Sen. Lindsey Graham is also under examination by the DA's office.
The Atlanta-area district attorney leading a wide-ranging criminal investigation into election interference by Donald Trump is weighing whether to call the former president before a special grand jury, a Georgia official said Friday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is actively considering the move, though she has set no specific timetable for a decision, spokesperson Jeff DiSantis told USA TODAY.
The development was first disclosed by Yahoo News, which also reported that Willis had issued letters to some local Republicans, alerting them that they could charged in connection with an effort to appoint alternate electors to upend President Joe Biden's 2020 victory in the state.
Among those who were issued the notices was Georgia Republican Chairman David Shafer, suggesting a continued acceleration of Willis' inquiry.
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Shafer could not be immediately reached for comment.
Last year, Willis disclosed that local prosecutors had launched a wide-ranging investigation of possible election fraud, false statements, conspiracy, oath of office violations, racketeering and violence associated with threats to the election process.
A major focus of the inquiry has been Trump's Jan. 2, 2021, telephone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the former president urged the state official to tilt the 2020 statewide vote in his favor.
"So look, all I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state," Trump told Raffensperger, according to audio of that call.
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Willis also is examining a November 2021 call in which Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a prominent Trump ally, allegedly asked Raffensperger whether he had the authority to disqualify mail-in ballots from certain areas of the state.
Graham, who has since been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, has denied wrongdoing and his lawyers have said they will be challenging the subpoena.
In addition, Willis has been examining the submission of an alternate slate of electors by Republicans in Georgia, one of seven states in which officials allegedly sought to reverse Trump's defeat.
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