Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into Donald Trump’s actions after the 2020 presidential election “joins the ex-president,” legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Friday.
After Trump lost the election, he said without supporting evidence that he lost only because of widespread voter fraud in key swing states narrowly won by President Joe Biden, including Georgia. In February 2021, Willis launched an investigation into whether a Jan. 2, 2021 phone call — in which the former president asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” to decide the election in his favor — violated state laws on interference of elections . The Georgia probe is one of several probes into Trump’s election-related conduct.
While Willis continues to make strides, Trump has been embroiled in another investigation after FBI agents earlier this month seized 20 boxes of classified documents allegedly being improperly stored at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida residence. A heavily redacted but much-anticipated affidavit related to the search was released Friday.
The ex-president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and accused the FBI of corruption, although the federal agency is currently headed by Director Christopher Wray, a Republican Trump nominated for the position. The former president also said the FBI search was part of a broader partisan “witch hunt” that targeted him and his family.
As the FBI probe draws the attention of many pundits and pundits, Kirschner said Friday the Georgia probe involves key Trump confidants, including Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, both of whom are from a grand A jury was summoned in the case.
“While we await the release of what is likely to be a heavily redacted affidavit of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, let’s not forget that DA Fani Willis and the Georgia state grand jury are closing in on Trump. Gov. Kemp made absurd/losing arguments in court yesterday,” Kirschner tweeted.
On an episode of his show, Kirschner explained why he believes the Georgia investigation, which many experts have warned could face prosecution against Trump, remains so important Justice is important.
He detailed recent developments in the case, including Giuliani’s recent testimony – although little is known about what he told the grand jury – as well as a subpoena against Graham.
Kirschner predicts Graham, Kemp will testify
With several Republicans or Trump allies fighting subpoenas in the case, Kirschner said Willis will successfully coerce all of them to testify at the end.
The grand jury subpoenaed Graham in July when Raffensperger was reportedly being questioned about whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with mismatched signatures and whether he could mail-in ballots in districts with many mismatched signatures — allegations that Graham has denied. Graham was awarded a victory last week after an appeals court delayed his testimony as his lawyers attempted to dismiss the subpoena.
Still, Kirschner predicted that Graham “will testify before the grand jury.”
“He will keep playing this delaying game – but at the end of the day he will run out of rope. He will lose. He will go to the grand jury. And I’m pretty sure his lawyers will advise him to plead for the fifth,” he said.
He also said he believes Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who has criticized both Trump’s actions and Willis’s investigation, will eventually testify before the grand jury. Kemp’s attorneys said last week that the governor should not testify due to sovereign immunity, executive privilege, attorney-client privilege and proximity to the midterm elections The Constitution of the Atlanta Journal.
“When you go to court and argue alternatively – that’s what we lawyers call it, when you throw everything against the wall and hope something sticks – you know what usually happens? Nothing sticks,” said Kirschner.
In another recent development, the grand jury subpoenaed Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows – in which Kirschner said he is also likely to testify in the inquest.
news week has reached out to Trump’s office for comment.
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