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The special jury, which is considering Trump’s election intervention in Georgia, will meet on Monday

Fulton County prosecutors began selecting participants Monday morning for a special grand jury to consider whether former President Donald Trump should be charged for his attempts to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he lost.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked a panel of judges in January for the special grand jury because of “information indicating a reasonable likelihood” that the election “was the subject of possible criminal disturbance.”

Willis has said in interviews that the investigation includes a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which Trump told Georgia’s secretary of state. Brad Raffensperger“I just want to find 11,780 votes“Trump lost the state to Joe Biden by that margin – a result that was confirmed by several narratives.

Special juries are exceptional. They focus on only one study and may be involved for much longer than typical grand juries, which often consider charging recommendations for a number of studies.

This grand jury will have “an investigative focus appropriate to the complexity of the facts and circumstances involved,” Willis said in his January request.

Willis wrote in the request that “a significant number of witnesses and potential witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation without a subpoena requiring their testimony.”

Willis said in an April 19 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she will wait until after the state May 24 primary election to issue summonses to public officials – which means that the special grand jury may not hear witnesses until June.

“I do not want anyone to say ‘oh, she’s doing this because she wants to influence the outcome of this forthcoming election,'” Willis told the newspaper.

Willis notified at least four government officials of her investigation in February 2021 and sent documents on document preservation to Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Justice Minister Chris Carr.

Trump said in a statement on January 20 that “My phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State was perfect.”

A spokesman for Trump claimed Friday in a text to CBS News that an “illegal ballot deal” had affected the outcome of Georgia’s election, citing unsubstantiated allegations often made by Trump and his supporters.

“A large jury should be opened for the massive voter fraud in Georgia by 2020,” said Liz Harrington, Trump’s spokeswoman.

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