Former President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at the Georgia State Attorney who is overseeing a grand jury investigation into attempts to reverse his 2020 election loss in Peach State.
In a statement from his Political Action Committee, Trump accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of spending “almost all of her waking hours” “attempting to prosecute a very popular president, Donald J Trump” rather than focusing on violent crime in Atlanta.
The twice-indicted ex-president said Ms. Willis “bases her potential claims on trying to find a little word or phrase (that isn’t there) during an absolutely PERFECT phone call,” a now infamous conversation between Mr. Trump, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and a group of lawyers and Trump campaign associates.
That phone call, which was taped and later leaked to news outlets, was when Mr. Trump asked Mr. Raffensperger — Georgia’s top election official — to “find 11,780 votes” so that his loss to Joe Biden could be voided in the state. .
Mr. Trump also claimed that “many lawyers and other officials who knowingly made the call” during his interview with Mr. Raffensperger “had no problem with the call,” which was a major focus of the special grand jury that Ms. Willis has guided.
In recent weeks, the Fulton County investigation has seen many of Trump’s top advisers and allies receive subpoenas, including Mark Meadows — his ex-chief of staff — and his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
The legal advisers to the Trump campaign, John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesebro and Jenna Ellis, have also been subpoenaed by the grand jury. While it has not yet been revealed that Trump is the target of the investigation, Giuliani has said he has received a target letter from investigators.
Legal experts say Mr Trump’s phone call could be important evidence if the ex-president or one of his associates is charged by Ms. Willis, with many of them saying the ex-president’s greatest legal danger could come from the Fulton County investigation.
Still, the twice-accused former president said that none of the lawyers during the conversation “raised objections or complaints about anything I said during the conversation that could be perceived as inappropriate”.
But in an interview with The Washington Post, Ms Willis called the charges under investigation “very serious” and said “people face jail time” if charged and convicted as a result of her work.