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Two witnesses to testify Tuesday earlier than Georgia grand jury investigating Trump

A former Georgia official and a journalist stated Saturday they’ve been requested to look Tuesday earlier than a Fulton County grand jury investigating alleged efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election in that state.

Former Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan acknowledged in an interview on CNN that he’s anticipated to testify earlier than the grand jury. Duncan, a Republican, later tweeted about it.

“I can verify that I’ve been requested to testify earlier than the Fulton County grand jury on Tuesday. I look ahead to answering their questions across the 2020 election,” Duncan stated within the tweet. “Republicans ought to by no means let honesty be mistaken for weak point.”

After shedding the election in 2020, Trump allegedly sought to strain Duncan and different Georgia officers to convene a particular legislative session to overturn the state’s outcomes. Duncan and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, each Republicans, declined that alleged request.

The investigation started shortly after a recorded telephone name that occurred between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021, during which Trump stated “I simply need to discover 11,780 votes, which is yet another than we’ve got.”

It has since expanded right into a sweeping probe analyzing a spread of efforts to overturn the state’s outcomes after Trump’s loss, together with an alleged scheme to substitute then-President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral faculty votes from the state with a slate of alternate, or “faux,” electors.

Journalist George Chidi additionally tweeted Saturday that he is been requested to look earlier than the grand jury Tuesday.

“I’ve simply acquired a name from District Lawyer Fani Willis’ workplace. I’ve been requested to come back to courtroom Tuesday for testimony earlier than the grand jury,” Chidi wrote.

Chidi beforehand wrote in The Intercept about by chance “barging right into a semi-clandestine assembly of Republicans pretending to be Georgia’s official electors in December 2020.” 

Willis’ workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark. 

Willis indicated in letters to Fulton County’s chief choose and sheriff that potential indictments within the case may come between July 31 and Aug. 18.

Trump has not been charged within the case an has denied wrongdoing. He has accused Willis, a Democrat, of investigating him for political acquire.

Jennifer Little, an legal professional for Trump, stated in a Feb. 26 interview that Trump intends to struggle a possible indictment.

“We completely don’t imagine that our shopper did something unsuitable, and if any indictments had been to come back down, these are defective indictments,” Little stated. “We’ll completely struggle something tooth and nail.”

Earlier this month, Trump was indicted by federal particular counsel Jack Smith within the Justice Division’s personal investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to intervene with the outcomes of the 2020 election. He was charged with 4 counts of conspiracy to defraud the USA; conspiracy to hinder an official continuing; obstruction of and try and hinder an official continuing; and conspiracy towards rights. He pleaded not responsible to the fees. 

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