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Georgia is skeptical of claims of political bias in 2020 Election Investigation

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ATLANTA – Presiding Judge over in grand jury investigation possible Election interference by Donald Trump and his allies on Thursday expressed skepticism over Republican arguments that the prosecution, led by a Democratic district attorney, was politically motivated.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C. McBurney did not immediately rule on request from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (right) toss subpoena for his testimony to Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis (D).

“That’s not mine space”concentrate on politicsMcBurney said how lawyers for Kemp argued that the agenda already become political issue this election season. ‘I don’t think this is the right forum’ to discuss policy implications of case, the judge said.

As the midterm elections approached, the investigation expanded dramatically, reaching Trump’s inner circle and moving closer to former the president himself. Hours after Thursday’s hearing ended, new filed records showed prosecutors demand testimony from trump former main of employees Mark Meadows, lawyer Sidney Powell and cybersecurity expert Phil Waldron.

In the last days a new wave of political and legal tensions arose public view, with Kemp’s lawyer and other accusers prosecutors of politicization of a delicate matter.

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Kemp, who resisted Trump’s pressure to cancel the elections in Georgia, the results are considered key witness. The accusers said in submissions this week they will like ask the governor about the calls he has received from Trump and others forcing him to run in the state election results.

Kemp is running for re-election against Democrat Stacey Abrams, former state legislator and voting rights advocate whom he almost defeated in 2018. Last week, Abrams tweeted that “Governor’s refusal to testify shows that he will do everything to win elections. Kemp wants a loan for ‘standing up to Trump but refuses to testify against in former president and said he would welcome his approval.”

In a court on Thursday, lawyers for the governor cited Abrams’ comments as an example of politicization of current investigation.

“What started as an investigation into electoral interference has evolved into its own mechanism. of interference in the elections,” wrote the governor’s lawyer in 121-page petition directed to kill subpoena for the governor’s testimony, or at least postpone the case until the election.

Willis denied any political motivation in lawsuits that have public last a week.

“Let’s talk about how you wrong: This is NOT a politically motivated investigation. it criminal investigation,” Willis wrote. in letter published as part of of last course of the week.

Did not have clear from Thursday’s hearing, which lasted more than two hourswhether Kemp’s attempts to void the subpoena. In July, a judge denied a similar request from the lieutenant governor and former state senator toss subpoenas.

Earlier Thursday, McBurney posted decision rejected request from 11 of 16 potential Republican voters in Georgia who asked to dismiss the charge team because of political bias. Prosecutors say these voters may have been part of of plan to try to create an Electoral College votes for Trump in Georgia and other states, despite the victory of Joe Biden. Lawyers for voters deny any wrongdoing, citing pending court case over elections in Georgia at the time they were certified. roster of electors include Georgia Republican Party chairman David J. Shafer, candidate for Lieutenant Governor Bert Jones, County GOP Representatives, former state MP and local Republican activists.

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The ongoing investigation, McBurney wrote, “is inherently ‘political’. in simple and unremarkable feeling that politicians and leaders of specific political party allegedly attempted to break the will of electorate of Georgia.

prosecutor who beret on such a case, he wrote, “is not automatically biased and biased—and not subject to disqualification—because of in common political affiliation of items (and targets) of investigation.”

Brian McAvoy, Kemp’s attorney, told the judge the governor was being asked to testify as the gubernatorial election “is coming to a head.” He asked why the district attorney office did not allow Kemp to testify after the election.

McBurney noted that criticism from Kemp’s political rivals over his resistance to testifying “came about because what was originally agreed upon did not happen.” He said other state leaders, like Secretary of Staff member Brad Raffensperger (right) testified without fanfare.

“We agreed on date. You were available, you confirmed that the governor was available”, McBurney told Kemp’s. counsel.

Prosecutors say they intend to avoid grand jury work after start of early voting in October.

Kemp’s lawyers also cited doctrines of sovereign immunity and executive privileges, which they argued would protect the governor from subpoena. They said they were alarmed decision subpoena the governor when he had previously agreed to be interviewed under certain conditions.

“We tried to come in volunteer dialogue discuss executive privilege, attorney privilege and client privilege, those types of things. They rejected every step of the way.” — Derek Bauer one of governor’s lawyers.

Nathan Wade, lawyer for The district attorney’s office said he was legal counsel tried to control how prosecutors Kemp interview. McBurney noted that “if anything, Kemp is a victim.” of potential crimes, not the target. The prosecutor’s office confirmed this.

As Willis and her staff seek testimony from prominent Georgia Republicans and Trump allies, they face criticism from Republicans and praise from those who support request.

“It’s reckless and bordering on manic,” said John Malcolm, former federal prosecutor in Georgia who now vice president of institute for Constitutional Government in the Heritage Foundation. “I don’t know whether she is doing this to increase her political fortune or to try to influence results of upcoming midterm elections or try to influence results of 2024 presidential election – or all three.”

Norman Eisen, counsel in in first impeachment of Trump praised Willis success in getting reluctant witnesses, like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Attorney for Trump to face grand jury. Eisen called Kemp’s legal arguments “on the verge of frivolity” and “prolongation”. He did not take into account the complaints of political bias as something that “any adversary in a lawsuit faces while pursuing accountability against Trump and his imitators.

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Willis launched the study a few days after taking office in early 2021 after news reports that Trump and his allies called the Georgian authorities seeking to cancel the election results.

Kemp’s lawyer suggested in his motion that the district attorney office was busy in “playmanship”, noting that negotiations with prosecutors over terms for voluntary interview with things were going well for the governor when the district attorney office canceled the negotiations and sent him a subpoena. He included emails and other correspondence as evidence.

In a subsequent paper, Willis office suggested that Kemp’s lawyer chose the correspondence as part of of an attempt to force the prosecutor office seem unreasonable.

The document states that Kemp “sharply show of non-cooperation” can be seen as “a tactic to influence the November elections.” The prosecution denied any delay in governor’s testimony.

Kemp’s statement came the day after the lawyers for eleven of Potential Trump electors from Georgia filed a motion asking that Willis and her team to be removed from their investigation – and possibly from the entire investigation – for conducting politically motivated prosecutions.

The lawsuit refers to a recent statement by the judge. decision remove Willis from investigation one Trump’s potential elector – Jones, state senator – after Willis hosted fundraising ahead of Democratic primaries for possible opponent in future lieutenant governor race. The judge called the participation of Willis in fundraising and “what are you thinking about?” moment”.

Lawyers for 11 GOP voters claimed in their movement that they are “inextricably intertwined” with Jones campaign and therefore face the same “well-founded fears of politically motivated persecution” that the judge found in removal of Willis from the Jones investigation.

Voter lawyers asked the court to find another prosecutor who could “carry out this investigation adequately, fairly and without existing personal and political conflicts”. with this district attorney and she office”.

On Thursday, the judge rejected an attempt to disqualify Willis.

Additional exchanges with Fulton County prosecutors appeared in court of late appeals last lawyers week for Senator Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.), who was called to court to testify in a business.

Graham’s lawyers released details of conversations, including recorded voice- postal message in which the prosecutors agreed to delay Graham’s scheduled testimony pending resolution of his appeal – and then suddenly refused.

Willis and her team they said want ask Graham about the phone calls he made Georgia secretary of the state and its staff shortly after 2020 general elections. During these calls, Graham inquired about “re-examining some of those absent.” ballots Cast in Georgia in to explore the possibility of a more favorable outcome for former President Donald Trump.” prosecutors wrote.

Graham’s lawyers said his performance was consistent. with his duties as a senator and are thus protected by the constitution. They have filed requests to delay any testimony until the case is heard by the Court of Appeal.

The prosecutor’s office resisted, arguing that the delay in Graham’s appearance also “postpone revelation of whole category of relevant witnesses”, pushing back timeline of investigation.

Court of Appeal on Sunday granted Graham a reprieve by postponing the order for it will appear this week in anticipation of further review federal judge in Atlanta.

On Wednesday, Graham’s lawyers asked the judge to “prohibit questioning.” on all the topics the DA is looking for, and this subpoena.”

U.S. District Judge Lee Martin May, who initially denied Graham’s request, he is not expected to rule before next Wednesday, when additional documents must be submitted to the court.

This week, Willis continued face potential resistance grand jury witnesses. Former Trump campaign attorney Kenneth Chesebro asked McBurney on Thursday to invalidate the district attorney’s subpoena for his testimony, scheduled for August 30, citing concerns about attorney-client confidentiality.

Chesebro said the district attorney’s likely questions about his role advising trump campaign would off- restrictions because of privacy protection for communication between lawyers and their clients. Such evidence, Chesebro’s attorney wrote, “would potentially embarrass him and/or be detrimental to his former client” and Trump campaign instructed Chesebro to “observe all applicable privileges and confidentiality”.

Chesebro, who promoted legal theories in support of Trump use of alternative electors, asked the judge to require Willis to detail the types of questions she intends to ask.

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