Donald Trump slams Fulton DA Fani Willis for ‘political witch hunt’

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – Former President Donald Trump slammed Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis late Monday afternoon, accusing him of conducting a “strictly political witch hunt” as it was pursuing an investigation into alleged elections interfering in the 2020 presidential vote count.

In a statement, the nation’s 45th president also targeted Atlanta as “number 1 in the nation for murder and heinous crime, especially per capita — even worse than the now legendary Chicago.”

“Yet the district attorney spends almost all of his waking hours there, which are not many, trying to prosecute a very popular president, Donald J. Trump, who got more votes in 2020 than any president. in office in the history of the United States.”

Last year, Willis opened a criminal investigation “into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 general election in Georgia.” A special grand jury with subpoena power was seated in May at his request. In documents filed in court last month, she alleged “a coordinated, multi-state plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”

Willis’ investigation revolves around an alleged conspiracy involving 16 Republicans who served as fake voters, one of whom has been identified as state Sen. Burt Jones, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor this fall.

Governor Brian Kemp was also called to testify before the grand jury, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney agreed to allow Kemp to testify after this year’s scheduled midterm elections. for November 8.

Last month, Kemp filed the motion to quash the subpoena on the same day that Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, testified before that same grand jury.

Kemp faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Stacey Abrams, whom he beat in the 2018 open gubernatorial race by just a few thousand votes, an election Abrams has yet to concede.

Trump also defended his now-famous phone call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger days after the last presidential election. Willis, he said, “bases his potential claims on trying to find one little word or phrase (that isn’t there) on an absolutely PERFECT phone call, regarding widespread voter fraud in Georgia, with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and numerous lawyers. and other officials who were knowingly on the line, had no problem with the call, and expressed no objections or complaints about anything I said on the call that could be construed as inappropriate.

In June, Raffensperger told a congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol that Trump’s claims about 2020 voter fraud “were false.”

The Georgia secretary of state, along with Gabriel Sterling, the bureau’s chief operating officer, appeared before the Democratic-led House Select Committee when the committee resumed its series of nationally televised public hearings.

Raffensperger told the committee that the Nov. 6, 2020, election went “remarkably smoothly,” with average wait times for the vote between two and three minutes statewide.

“I think we had a successful election,” Raffensperger said.

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