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 has reaffirmed his innocence and denied any wrongdoing.
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.”
According to The AJC, Willis asserts that Trump committed several crimes over the telephone call. This includes conspiracy and racketeering as well as solicitation of 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.
Willis might find this difficult, though, since she first needs to prove Trump’s illegality 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 claimed that he was aware that the call had been recorded at that time, and possibly illegally.
“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. They would do a wonderful job for the citizens. 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. It appears that Willis will have a difficult fight, with one more legal attack on Trump.