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DA asks for special grand jury in election probe


The Georgia prosecutor looking into possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump and others has asked for a special grand jury to aid the investigat­ion.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on Thursday sent a letter to Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Christophe­r Brasher asking him to impanel a special grand jury. She wrote in the letter that her office “has received informatio­n indicating a reasonable probabilit­y that the State of Georgia’s administra­tion of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruption­s.”

Willis has declined to speak about the specifics of her investigat­ion, but in an interview with The Associated Press earlier this month she confirmed that its scope includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensper­ger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensper­ger, the abrupt resignatio­n of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislativ­e committee hearings on the election.

A Trump spokesman has previously dismissed the investigat­ion as a politicall­y motivated “witch hunt.” Graham has also denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement Thursday, Trump said his call to Raffensper­ger was “perfect.”

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