Georgia grand jury investigating Trump's testimony wants to hear from Graham and Giuliani

Washington -- A Georgia prosecutor is trying to get former President Donald Trump and his attempts to reverse the state's 2020 election results to testify before a special grand jury.

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05 July 2022 Tuesday 13:18
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Georgia grand jury investigating Trump's testimony wants to hear from Graham and Giuliani

Washington -- A Georgia prosecutor is trying to get former President Donald Trump and his attempts to reverse the state's 2020 election results to testify before a special grand jury.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani willis asked the judge in charge of the panel to issue certificates declaring that Graham, Giuliani and other material witnesses were issued. This was the first step to asking courts in other states for the witnesses to be brought to Georgia. Trump lawyers Cleta Mitchell and Kenneth Chesebro were also identified as material witness.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the first mention of the attempt to compel witnesses' testimony. According to the certificates, witnesses will be required testify by July 12.

On Tuesday, Graham spokeswoman and Giuliani did not respond to requests for comment.

A certificate naming Giuliani a material witness noted Giuliani's appearance at the hearing before Georgia's state senate on December 2020. Giuliani was Trump's personal lawyer. He presented voter fraud allegations that were quickly disproved, but he kept repeating them publicly, according to the certificate.

The certificate stated that there was evidence that Witnesses' testimony and appearance at the hearing were part of a coordinated multi-state plan by Trump Campaign to influence the outcome of the November 2020 election.

Graham's testimony document states that he spoke with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State, shortly after the election. The certificate says that Graham "interrogated Secretary Raffensperger about reexamining certain absentee votes cast in Georgia to explore the possibility for a better outcome" for Trump.

Graham acknowledged the calls and denied any wrongdoing. He told Face the Nation in January that he had "asked about the system when it came to postal voting, balloting."

Georgia was won by President Biden in 2020. Republican election officials in Georgia repeatedly testified and stated that widespread voter fraud allegations are unfounded.

According to CBS News's last year audio of Trump calling Raffensperger, Trump tried to pressure Raffensperger and other officials "find" enough votes to win. Raffensperger was told by Trump that all he wanted to do was this during a call on January 2, 2021. I want to find 11,780 more votes than we have. We won the state.

Willis, the district lawyer, requested that the special grand jury be formed in January. The investigation also includes Trump's call. In June, the grand jury was summoned to hear from the secretary of State. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also has agreed to give a recorded statement of sworn testimony to the grand jury on Tuesday, July 25.

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