독특한: DOJ는 가짜 선거인 조사에서 Trump 캠페인과의 상호 작용에 대해 조지아 공화당원을 인터뷰합니다.

Federal investigators have interviewed Republicans in Georgia about interactions with people in 도널드 트럼프 전 대통령‘s orbit and his 2020 재선 캠페인, as the Justice Department’s sprawling criminal probe examines efforts to put forth alternate slates of electors to displace 조 바이든 electors in battleground states Trump lost.

하나의 경우, FBI agents asked a prominent Georgia Republican whether he had direct conversations with Trump.
They just asked who talked to me. If anyone from the Trump campaign had been in touch with me. Did Giuliani talk to me? Did Trump talk to me?” said Patrick Gartland, who was set to serve as an elector but dropped out. He recounted how two FBI agents visited his home in Marietta, 그루지야, a few weeks ago.
    Investigators have sought answers this month from Gartland and others connected to the GOP in Georgiaboth in FBI interviews and in grand jury subpoenas for documents and testimony. Investigators are looking at whether the Trump campaign played a role in the submission of false election certificates, according to people approached by the Justice Department.
      The federal probe’s focus on Georgia and Trump’s electors there has not been previously reported. The DOJ has charged hundreds of rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, 그리고 최근 몇 달 동안, investigators have broadened their scope, seeking information about people in more politically connected circles.
        The subpoenas issued to Gartland and others are seeking communications withany member, employee or agent of Donald J. Trump or any organization advocating in favor of the 2020 re-election of Donald J. 지우다,” including his official campaign.
        The subpoenas also seek any communications with more than two dozen named Trump campaign officials, attorneys and Georgia electors. CNN reported Wednesday that a recent subpoena related to the alternate electors sought communications with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Trump campaign lawyer Justin Clark, right-wing attorney John Eastman and others.
          A question hanging over the Georgia GOP and the Trump campaign has been whether electors put together fake slates to fraudulently override Biden’s win in the Electoral College, or if they believed they were submitting alternative slates in case Trump’s court challenges were successful. No court allowed Trump to overturn election results.
          A spokesman for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.
          No one has been charged with a crime in connection with the alternate slates of electors. A spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Washington, DC, which is overseeing the DOJ’s investigation into January 6, 댓글을 거부.
          special grand jury in Georgia’s Fulton County also is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 선거, including the fake electors. This is separate from the federal probe.
          The federal subpoenas have been issued to Republicans with a commonality: the people who were set to serve as electors for Trump in 2020 but ultimately backed out.
          Gartland had been a state elector, until he became an election board official in 2020 and stepped down from the elector job because it was a possible conflict of interest. The FBI asked Gartland about the episode.
          He told the FBI that he didn’t have direct contact with anyone in the Trump campaign. “하지만 이봐, I’m nobody,” he joked in an interview with CNN.
          FBI agents have also spoken with Jason Shepherd, another former Georgia GOP party official, multiple times this month, asking if he had any conversations with Trump campaign officials after the election.
          Gartland asked Shepherd to fill his spot as an elector, but Shepherd did not ultimately serve in the role. He said he too received a subpoena, for documents dating back to October 1, 2020, and to testify before the federal grand jury this month.
          They were asking about the campaign and the slate in Georgia, trying to figure out what I may have had access to and been privy to,” Shepherd told CNN.
          Shepherd said he didn’t have any documents to turn over, but he encouraged the federal investigators to subpoena other state party officials. He said the electors who did serve may have thought they were helping the Trump administration and the Republican Party.
          The devil really has to be in the minutiae and the details,” Shepherd said.
            Three other Georgia GOP electors backed out of the slate before January 6 작년 — in addition to Shepherd and Gartland. They either didn’t respond to CNN’s inquiries or declined to comment.
            Shepherd was not asked specifically about communications with Trump, 그는 말했다, adding he wouldn’t have had any to report, 그래도.

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