Multiple judges approved assembling civilians to decide whether the previous president’s actions could constitute organized crime.
Fulton County Superior Court granted county district attorney Fani Willis’s (D) request for a special grand jury in the Georgia election investigation.
“[There is] a reasonable probability that the state of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the state’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” Willis said in a letter to the chief justice according to the Associated Press.
“[We have] opened an investigation into any coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections in this state,” she added.
Chief Judge Christopher Brasher issued an order empowering the new jury to investigate “all facts and circumstances” surrounding Donald Trump’s alleged pressuring of state officials to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome.
Jury members could be seated as early as May 2, 2022 and serve for up to two years. Judge Robert McBurney will supervise and assist them throughout the duration.
The probe is widely expected to examine an alleged phone recording between Trump and GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021. It is also speculated to revisit a November 2020 call between Raffensperger and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) plus a U.S. attorney’s resignation in Atlanta, on Jan. 4, 2021.
Trump maintains innocence and insists his phone conversations with Raffensperger were “perfect.”
The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack separately spoke with former Attorney General William Barr about an alleged electoral integrity raid.
“We have had conversations with the former attorney general already,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) previously said. “We have [also] talked to Department of Defense individuals.”
Thompson claimed the Department of Justice hatched a plan to seize Dominion voting machines across the United States after the 2020 general election. He also suspects U.S. military involvement.
“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines even though it is a discussion, the public needs to know,” Thompson said. “We have never had that before,” he added.