CNN reports that the criminal investigation in Georgia of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results is picking up this week as two grand juries are set to convene on Thursday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis made her investigative intentions clear with a round of letters to Georgia state officials in February, asking them to preserve documents relevant to election interference as she investigated potential state crimes including the solicitation of election fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.
According to the letters, none of the Georgia officials are targets of the investigation.
Two grand juries are set to convene in Fulton County on Thursday, opening a path for Willis’ next phase in her probe. A person familiar with the investigation said they are likely to rely heavily on subpoenas rather than voluntary requests for records and interviews, in part to establish a clear court record of their pursuit of evidence.
The news outlet reported that some Georgia officials “have already hired personal attorneys amid the fallout from Trump’s efforts to upend the election results.”
Willis’ investigation was sparked by Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which the former president asked him to “find” enough votes to hand Trump the state; however, it is expected that the investigation will move well beyond that phone call, CNN reported.
Willis has said her investigation will expand past Trump’s call with Raffensperger to include any efforts to influence the election in Georgia.
She is also investigating a phone call between Trump loyalist Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt departure of Byung “BJay” Pak, the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and the false allegations of election fraud Rudy Giuliani made before Georgia legislators.
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