Georgia DA Cracks Down On Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Friday (October 7), Georgia’s District Attorney Fani Willis filed a petition to compel several of former President Donald Trump’s allies to testify in the ongoing investigation into alleged interference in the 2020 Presidential election.

According to reporting by the Associated Press, Willis filed a petition requesting testimony from former White House attorney Eric Herschmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, among others.

Willis is seeking the testimony as part of her investigation into the steps Trump and his allies took to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia.

So far, Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani has testified before a Grand Jury in August, but efforts to get Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to do the same has led to a protracted court battle over the South Carolina lawmaker’s participation.

The petition for additional testimony is the latest step in an investigation that Willis began after a recording between Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and Trump leaked. In the recording, Trump tells Raffensperger to “find” the roughly 11,000 votes needed for him to beat Biden in the state.

So far, at least 17 people — including Guiliani have been notified that they are targets of Willis’ criminal investigation. The remaining 16 individuals were part of the fake electors Trump’s allies attempted to use in a scheme to create documents claiming Trump had won the state.

Willis — who indicated she would pause public activities into the investigation in the month before the midterms — explained that she would decide on whether or not to seek Trump’s testimony in the fall.