June 9, 2023
Trump pushes to block Georgia probe into 2020 election interference

Trump pushes to block Georgia probe into 2020 election interference

Former President Donald Trump Monday filed court papers demanding an end to the Georgia investigation into his effort to overturn his loss in the presidential election in the Peach state.

Trump asked a judge to quash a grand jury report into the scheme and bar prosecutors from continuing the two year-long probe that was launched after the then-president demanded that officials “find” just enough votes to allow him to overtake President Biden.

“[The probe] was conducted under an unconstitutional statute, through an illegal and unconstitutional process,” Trump lawyers wrote in a sweeping 485-page filing.

Former President Donald Trump.

Trump also lashed out at Atlanta prosecutor Fani Willis for supposedly not taking into account his stature as a former president.

“[Willis] violated prosecutorial standards and acted with disregard for the gravity of the circumstances and the constitutional rights of those involved,” the filing said.

Willis is reportedly considering filing racketeering and conspiracy charges as well as election interference counts against Trump and several allies, after the grand jury apparently recommended charges in a lengthy report.

It’s unclear why Trump filed the papers more than two years after the grand jury started its work and two months after it submitted its report.

A Fulton County judge ruled the report can mostly remain under seal at least until a separate panel decides whether to hand up indictments.

Willis said last month that decisions are “imminent” about charging Trump and perhaps others in the sprawling case.

The probe was launched after Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 3, 2021 to demand that he somehow “find” enough votes to give Trump the state.

It also included the effort by Trump allies to appoint a slate of fake electors to muddy the waters ahead of the Jan. 6 confirmation of Biden’s win by Congress.

The Atlanta case is not connected to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s probe into Trump’s payment of $130,000 in hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels.

It’s also separate from the federal special counsel investigation into Trump’s taking classified documents after he left the White House and his broader effort to overturn his loss to Biden.

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