Raffensperger testifies before Georgia grand jury investigating Trump's push to overturn 2020 选举

佐治亚州国务卿 布拉德·拉芬斯珀格 has begun testifying before a special grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 选举结果.

Raffensperger arrived roughly half an hour before his scheduled testimony on Thursday, saying it would behopefully shorton his way into the courthouse.
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The Republican is a central witness in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ 调查, which kicked off after Raffensperger’s infamous January 2021 call with the former President came to light. During the call, Trump pressured Raffensperger to “找” the votes necessary for Trump to win Georgiaa state Joe Biden won by nearly 12,000 票数.
    拉芬珀格, who faced a wave of death threats for upholding Georgia’s election results, later penned a book in which he noted that he had repeatedly felt threatened by Trump during the call.
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        In addition to Raffensperger’s testimony, investigators subpoenaed documents from the Georgia secretary of state’s office pertaining to the Trump-Raffensperger call, 的 2020 election audit and hand count, a forensic audit of Dominion voting equipment and the transcript from a Georgia Senate election hearing that featured an appearance from former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
        Willis has also subpoenaed Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as well as several other state election officials to appear as witnesses before the special grand jury.
          While Willis has been investigating Trump’s efforts to upend Georgia’s election results for well over a year, a special grand jury was finally selected in May to begin issuing subpoenas and hearing evidence in the case. With Raffensperger seeking reelection, Willis held off on calling for him to testify until after Georgia’s GOP primary last month, where Raffensperger defeated his primary opponent Rep. 乔迪我做到了.
            Willis is investigating potential crimes, including the solicitation of election fraud, 阴谋, 敲诈, making false statements to state and local government bodies and violence or threats related to election administration.
            When the special grand jury completes its work, it will issue a report with a recommendation on whether Trump or any of his allies should face charges. If the panel recommends charges, Willis can go to one of the regularly impaneled grand juries in Fulton County to seek an indictment.

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