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October 26, 2021
A local criminal investigation into then-President Donald Trump’s attempt to interfere with Georgia’s 2020 election recount is slowly moving forward, as Fulton County investigators have interviewed elections officials and received documents from the agency, according to three people with direct knowledge of the probe.
“They’ve asked us for documents, they’ve talked to some of our folks, and we’ll cooperate fully,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told The Daily Beast this week. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis previously revealed to The Daily Beast that she has spun up a new anti-corruption team to explore what state laws, if any, were broken when Trump and his allies tried to overturn election results there.
Willis’s investigators have interviewed at least four officials at the secretary of state’s office, asking questions that show a particular interest in Raffensperger’s separate phone conversations with Trump and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, according to two of these sources, who spoke on the promise that their names would remain anonymous.
Late last year, Raffensperger told The Washington Post that Graham called him a week after the November election, enquiring whether the state official could exercise his power to toss out mailed-in ballots in counties that had high rates of signatures that didn’t match those on file. Graham has since denied that he tried to get Raffensperger to destroy legal ballots.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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