Trump asks Georgia Supreme Court to end election interference probe as charging decisions loom

On Friday, lawyers for Donald Trump filed motions in two Georgia courts seeking to end Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into interference by the former president and his allies in the 2020 state presidential election.

The motions filed in the Georgia Supreme Court and Fulton County Superior Court seek to disqualify Willis from investigating Trump and to quash a special grand jury report she used to aid her investigation. Trump is also seeking a court order barring Willis “from presenting to a regular grand jury any evidence obtained through the special purpose grand jury process.”

Filings say time is running out. Willis “signalled that she would use the report — itself the product of a twisted and co-opted process — to secure an indictment against the petitioner within weeks, if not days,” the petition states.

The documents claim Willis, a Democrat, should be disqualified because she has a conflict of interest and the special grand jury she called was given too much latitude, including being allowed to call witnesses from the out of state, like Senator Lindsey. Graham, RS.C. Graham resisted a subpoena from the panel in legal challenges, but the grand jury was eventually able to question him about a phone call he made to the top election official in the state. State after the elections.

In the High Court motion, Trump said allowing the district attorney to proceed with his case could expose him to “reputational damage” through “flagrant disregard and violation of his fundamental constitutional rights” as he is running for president.

Willis’ office declined to comment on the petitions, which were first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while Trump’s attorneys had no immediate comment.

Friday’s filings are Trump’s latest attempts to boot Willis and quash the grand jury report. He filed a similar motion in March, which Judge Robert McBurney has yet to rule on. The new documents name both Willis and McBurney as respondents.

“More than 100 days have passed since that filing, and the supervising judge has yet to rule,” depriving them of time to appeal any potentially adverse rulings, the filing complains.

Willis said she plans to announce charging decisions stemming from her office’s investigation into “possible criminal interference in the administration of the 2020 Georgia general election” during the current term of the Superior Court, which began on Tuesday and ends on September 1.

The Democratic district attorney has begun his sweeping investigation into whether Trump and his allies interfered in the state’s election process in January 2021.

She enlisted a special grand jury empowered to subpoena witnesses to help with the investigation last year. The panel recommended indicting more than a dozen people, its chairwoman, Emily Kohrs, said on NBC’s “Nightly News” in February. The names have not been made public.

“There are certainly names you will recognize, yes. There are also names you might not recognize,” Kohrs said at the time.

In letters to local officials, Willis indicated she could seek indictments in the case in the first half of August.

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