ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors in Atlanta investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies illegally interfered in Georgia’s 2020 election have begun taking their case to a grand jury.
Former Senator Jen Jordan, who was subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, said as she left the Fulton County Courthouse late Monday morning that she was questioned for about 40 minutes. News outlets reported that former Democratic state representative Bee Nguyen and Gabriel Sterling, a top official at the office of the secretary of state, arrived at the courthouse earlier Monday.
For two and a half years, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating the actions of Trump and others in their efforts to reverse his narrow loss in Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden. Barriers and street closures around the courthouse in downtown Atlanta, as well as statements from Willis, had indicated that a grand jury presentation would likely begin this week.
Nguyen and Jordan both attended legislative hearings in December 2020, where former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and others made false claims about widespread election fraud in Georgia. Trump attorney John Eastman also appeared at at least one of those hearings, saying the election had not been conducted in accordance with Georgia law and that lawmakers should nominate a new list of voters.
Sterling and his boss, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – both Republicans – have vigorously opposed allegations of widespread problems with Georgia’s election.
Trump called Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, and suggested that the state’s top election official could help “find” the votes Trump needed to beat Biden. It was the release of a recording of that phone call that prompted Willis to open her investigation about a month later.
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