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Georgia district attorney investigating Trump subpoenas officials from secretary of state’s office



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An Atlanta-area prosecutor investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results has subpoenaed half a dozen officials from the Georgia secretary of state’s office, according to copies of documents obtained by CNN.

The flurry of activity comes as a special grand jury is set to begin its investigative work into the former president and his allies on June 1. the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has stepped up investigative activities.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis subpoenas Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Gabe Sterling, General Counsel Ryan Germany, former Chief Electoral Officer Chris Harvey, legislative liaison Victoria Thompson and former chief investigator Frances Watson, according to copies of the documents. .

The subpoenas call for witnesses to testify on dates ranging from early to mid-June. Raffensperger, who previously said he would comply with a subpoena, appears to be one of the first witnesses to testify on June 2. His call with Trump – in which the former president pressured Raffensperger to “find” the votes needed to win Georgia – is at the heart of the Georgia investigation.

Sterling, Raffensperger’s deputy, also said he would comply with his subpoena. Several office staff have already had voluntary conversations with Fulton County investigators and turned over relevant documents and records.

Willis, meanwhile, said she wasn’t limiting her investigation to Trump’s infamous call with Raffensperger. She’s cast a wide net — looking at fake Georgia voters, former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s conspiracy pitch to state lawmakers and other issues — as she tries to figure out whether Trump and his allies have engaged in a vast criminal conspiracy to try to tip the Peach State to Trump’s column.

In the end, Team Trump’s efforts were unsuccessful: Joe Biden won the state by nearly 12,000 votes in 2020, a tally that was backed up by three ballot counts.

Fulton County investigators traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to meet with staff from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection to review information that may be relevant. for the Georgia investigation, according to the person familiar with the investigation. . A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported that one of its political reporters who covered the 2020 election, Greg Bluestein, was told he should expect to receive a subpoena.

The newspaper’s editor, Shawn McIntosh, said they would try to have any subpoenas for Bluestein thrown out. She did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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