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    Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis photographed in her office on Jan. 4, 2022.Ben Gray | AP The Georgia prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump and his allies for possible criminal interference in that state's 2020 presidential election told a judge Tuesday that decisions on whether and whom to charge in the probe "are imminent." Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis cited that plan during a hearing in Atlanta, where she urged the judge to keep sealed — for now — a final special grand jury report that was assembled to gather evidence and hear testimony from 75 witnesses for that investigation. A consortium of media outlets has asked Judge Robert McBurney to make the report public, as the grand jury has recommended.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: Trump drops second legal challenge to New York attorney general after sanctions in Hillary Clinton case Treasury tells Congress it will suspend some federal retirement funding after debt limit breach Classified documents found at Mike Pence's home in Indiana Georgia DA investigating Trump for 2020 election interference says charging...
    (CNN)The Atlanta-area district attorney investigating Donald Trump and his allies' efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia sent a target letter to state Republican party Chair David Shafer, warning him that he may be indicted as part of her investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Shafer, who has faced inquiries from federal investigators, Georgia prosecutors and the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, acted as a pro-Trump elector in Georgia. He also helped organize the fake slate of electors in the Peach State, which Trump lost by nearly 12,000 votes. The letter was first reported by Yahoo News, which also reported other Georgia officials received similar target letters.Georgia has remained a central focus for investigators at state and federal levels. The Atlanta-area investigation was prompted after Trump's infamous phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" the votes needed to swing the state to him was revealed. The Justice Department is also investigating the fake electors scheme and a grand jury in Washington issued subpoenas in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential criminal interference in the 2020 presidential election is considering requesting that former President Donald Trump testify under oath to a grand jury, while several people already subpoenaed as part of the probe have received letters informing them that they’re at risk of being indicted. The developments underscore the accelerating nature of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation and the key decisions that may lie ahead for prosecutors who for months have been scrutinizing efforts by Trump and his allies to undo his election loss in Georgia. “I think it’s something that we’re still weighing and evaluating,” Willis told Yahoo News in an interview published Friday about the question of requesting Trump’s testimony. Such a demand would almost certainly trigger an immediate court fight, including potentially over Trump’s constitutional protections against self-incrimination. A spokesman for Willis, Jeff DiSantis, confirmed to The Associated Press that Willis said she is considering subpoenaing Trump for his testimony. Meanwhile, some people who have been previously subpoenaed have subsequently received so-called target letters, according to a person...
    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday called his infamous phone call to a Georgia election official 'perfect' and tried to question the legitimacy of rival Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's overwhelming primary victory last week. Trump made the statement on his Truth Social platform, where he complained that a grand jury is probing his 'absolutely PERFECT' phone call' with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffesnperger.  'Many lawyers, from both sides, were knowingly on the call,' Trump wrote. 'I also assumed it was taped,' he added. Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis got a special grand jury to probe Trump following revelations about the Jan. 2, 2021 call to Raffensperger, where he asked the official to 'find' votes and repeated his claims of fraud. That would have been enough to hand him a victory in the state.  Former President Donald Trump attacked a Georgia prosecutor and defended the phone call where he asked the Georgia secretary of state to 'find' 11,780 votes 'The people of Georgia are angry — the people in the country are angry," Trump said. "And there's nothing wrong with...
    Washington (CNN)The Atlanta-area district attorney who's investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election said her office will look into the fake Electoral College certifications that Trump backers put forward in Georgia."We're going to look at anything connected with interference with the 2020 election," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an interview Monday with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I've allowed that to be a broad scope, not just the (former) President's phone call that you played there but other things that indicate that there may have been interference with that election, to include fake electorates."Willis added: "That is of interest to my office." The latest in the investigations and lawsuits involving Donald Trump, his company and the 2020 electionFederal prosecutors are also looking into the scheme in which allies created fake certificates declaring Trump's victory in a handful of states and sent them to the National Archives. "I don't plan on specifically coordinating with the Department of Justice," Willis said. "What their investigation would be is obviously election fraud that may have occurred anyplace...
    Washington (CNN)The Atlanta-area district attorney investigating Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia cast doubt Monday on the argument by the ex-President's attorneys that he can't be prosecuted for potential crimes committed during his time in office. "Of course, I've given thought to if -- that that may be raised as a legal issue," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an interview with CNN when asked about the argument his lawyers have previously made. "I don't think that that protection will prevent a prosecution if that becomes necessary in this state case," she added. Willis has been investigating whether Trump or his allies committed any crimes in their campaign to convince Georgia officials to find fraud and hand Trump a victory in the Peach State in 2020. The probe was launched last year following Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which he pushed the Republican to "find" votes to overturn the election results.Willis told CNN on Monday that she's not worried that the former President will try to delay her...
    By Kate Brumback | Associated Press ATLANTA — The prosecutor who’s investigating whether Donald Trump and others broke the law by trying to pressure Georgia officials to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential election victory is asking the FBI for security help after the former president railed against prosecutors investigating him. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Sunday wrote a letter to the FBI office in Atlanta asking for a risk assessment of the county courthouse, where her office is located, and government center. She also asked the FBI to provide protective resources, “to include intelligence and federal agents.” At his rally Saturday night outside Houston, Trump lashed out against the ongoing investigations in New York, Georgia and Washington and called on his supporters to stage mass protests if he is mistreated by them. In her letter, Willis quoted comments Trump made at the rally. “If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protest we have ever had in Washington, D.C, in New York, in Atlanta...
    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested security assistance from the FBI Sunday for her 2020 election investigation that involves former President Donald Trump. In a letter to the FBI, she said that Trump's comments at a Texas rally Saturday, in which he called for protests if prosecutors do "anything wrong or illegal," escalated security concerns for her office. Willis, a Democrat, is requesting a risk assessment, protective resources, and federal agents. TRUMP TOUTS BORDERS AT HOME AND ABROAD DURING TEXAS RALLY "Security concerns were escalated this weekend by the rhetoric of former President Trump at a public event," she said. "We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021." Willis said she has an obligation to ensure the safety of those working on her investigation. She also added that her office has already taken safety precautions and has collaborated with local officials. "My staff and I will not be...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The prosecutor weighing whether Donald Trump and others committed crimes by trying to pressure Georgia officials to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential election victory said a decision on whether to bring charges could come as early as the first half of this year. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that her team is making solid progress, and she’s leaning toward asking for a special grand jury with subpoena power to aid the investigation. “I believe in 2022 a decision will be made in that case,” Willis said. “I certainly think that in the first half of the year that decisions will be made.” But Willis told the AP that she hasn’t imposed deadlines on her staff and has urged them to be thorough in their examination. She’s assembled a team of fewer than 10 people — lawyers, investigators and a legal assistant — who are focused primarily on this case and can consult outside lawyers with particular expertise in certain areas of law, she said. “We’re...
    The Fulton County district attorney is investigating former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE and has enlisted the help of a racketeering expert for the job, sources told Reuters. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has hired John Floyd, an expert in racketeering cases, to help with her investigation into Trump’s calls during the counting of Georgia votes during the 2020 election.  Trump is being investigated after his call with Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), during which he told the secretary to “find” the votes to help him win the state. The source told Reuters that Floyd will “help as needed” during the Trump investigation when issues of racketeering are brought up. The criminality of the call has been up for debate as Democratic lawmakers have been calling for an investigation since January. Willis will be investigating charges of “solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering,” Reuters...
    By KATE BRUMBACK and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The district attorney investigating whether former President Donald Trump should face charges for attempting to pressure Georgia's elections chief into changing the results of the presidential race in his favor has a reputation as a tough courtroom veteran, not only as a prosecutor but also as a defense lawyer and judge. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who was sworn in last month after winning a resounding 2020 election victory over her former boss, entered the national spotlight Wednesday when letters to top state officials revealed her office is investigating whether illegal attempts were made to influence the state’s 2020 elections. That includes the Jan. 2 phone call in which Trump was recorded asking Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn his defeat. Prosecuting Trump would likely prove a career-defining move for Willis — and one fraught with risk, said Atlanta attorney Robert James, a former district attorney in neighboring DeKalb County. Constituents in heavily Democratic Atlanta would demand an aggressive prosecution. The Republican ex-president would likely unleash an army...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The district attorney investigating whether former President Donald Trump should face charges for attempting to pressure Georgia’s elections chief into changing the results of the presidential race in his favor has a reputation as a tough courtroom veteran, not only as a prosecutor but also as a defense lawyer and judge. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who was sworn in last month after winning a resounding 2020 election victory over her former boss, entered the national spotlight Wednesday when letters to top state officials revealed her office is investigating whether illegal attempts were made to influence the state’s 2020 elections. That includes the Jan. 2 phone call in which Trump was recorded asking Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn his defeat. Prosecuting Trump would likely prove a career-defining move for Willis — and one fraught with risk, said Atlanta attorney Robert James, a former district attorney in neighboring DeKalb County. Constituents in heavily Democratic Atlanta would demand an aggressive prosecution. The Republican ex-president would likely unleash an army of lawyers to defend him. And news coverage...
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