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Trump urges blocking of 2020 election probes blocked in Georgia

Trump urges blocking of 2020 election probes blocked in Georgia

Georgia’s Supreme Court on Monday denied a request by former President Donald Trump to bar officials from prosecuting him for his efforts to redeem his defeat in the state’s 2020 presidential election.

The court, in a unanimous decision, denied a motion by Trump’s attorneys last week asking the court to act on the case. The attorneys argued that a grand jury special report should be thrown out and that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be restrained from filing charges.

Willis began investigating after Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021 to ask him to “find” the votes he needed to win the state. Trump tried to call him more than a dozen times, according to a House investigation, and the officer avoided answering the calls.

The district attorney has suggested she could press charges in the case. A grand jury convened on the matter in August.

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The state Supreme Court said in its ruling this week that Trump’s record “does not contain the facts or statute necessary to order Willis’s disqualification by this court at this time in this record.” The court also found that the push by Trump’s attorneys did not prove his constitutional rights had been violated.

And a Georgia judge released parts of a grand jury report on Trump’s efforts earlier this year, with the 23-member panel concluding there had been no widespread voter fraud in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

Trump’s attorneys asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who presided over a special jury on the case, in March to allow another judge to hear Trump’s arguments. The judge didn’t resign, but he hasn’t ruled yet.

Trump is already on trial over hush money allegations in upstate New York, alleging he mishandled confidential documents in Florida. Another investigation is underway in Washington into attempts to block Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s election to the Electoral College.

Featuring: David Jackson and Bart Jansen, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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