A Friday report stated that the Georgia case involving the 2020 election interference against the former president of the United States took a significant turn late this week.
The announcement follows Trump’s ‘complete exoneration’ statement following the release of the grand jury report in the case earlier this year.
Eight people in the state who were referred to as “fake electors” and who were allegedly involved in trying to alter the results of the 2020 election have reportedly accepted immunity in the Fulton County probe, according to their lawyer, according to ABC News.
The Fulton County district attorney’s office granted immunity to eight of the attorney’s clients in April, according to the report. The lawyer, who represents 10 of the false electors, acknowledged this in a court filing on Friday.
Attorney Kimberly Debrow wrote in her filing, “After reviewing the actual, written offers of immunity, each of those eight electors accepted their immunity offer.”
Following the earlier release of a phone call from January 2021 in which the then-president is heard discussing with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger how to “find 11,780 votes,” the precise number needed to win the state, to overturn his loss in Georgia in the 2020 election, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now looking into claims that Trump tried to do so.
The “fake elector” scheme, which members claimed involved electors in several states, entailed putting together “groups of individuals in key battleground states and got them to call themselves electors, created phony certificates associated with these fake electors, and then transmitted these certificates to Washington, and to the Congress, to be counted during the joint session of Congress on January 6th,” according to ABC News’ reporting.
ABC News added that seven of the electors have met with Willis and her staff for interviews, and all 16 have been informed that they are the subject of her inquiry. “The new filing on Friday came after Willis earlier last month asked the judge to disqualify Debrow from simultaneously representing the electors. Willis claimed in her court filing that Debrow’s representation of multiple electors amounted to a conflict of interest, especially after some of the electors stated during interviews with the DA’s office that other electors had committed crimes.”
Debrow, in her filing on Friday, denied that accusation.
“At no time during or after any of these interviews did the DA election team state that they believed an elector was incriminating another jointly represented elector or that they believed a conflict of interest had arisen,” the filing stated.
Trump has insisted on numerous occasions that his phone call was appropriate and that he wasn’t trying to do anything wrong.
Trump replied in February to the publication of a grand jury investigation from Georgia that he said cleared him of any misconduct related to the 2020 election.
Following the publication of the report on Thursday, Trump posted this statement on his Truth Social platform:
“Thank you to the Special Grand Jury in the Great State of Georgia for your Patriotism & Courage. Total exoneration. The USA is very proud of you!!!”
In a follow-up post to Truth, Trump wrote:
“The long-awaited important sections of the Georgia report, which do not even mention President Trump’s name, have nothing to do with the President because President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong. The President participated in two perfect phone calls regarding election integrity in Georgia, which he is entitled to do – in fact, as President, it was President Trump’s Constitutional duty to ensure election safety, security, and integrity…Between the two calls, there were many officials and attorneys on the line, including the Secretary of State of Georgia, and no one objected, even slightly protested, or hung up. President Trump will always keep fighting for true and honest elections in America!”
Meanwhile, Willis, a member of the Democratic Party, isn’t done with her pursuit of Trump yet. Newsmax reported that she was “considering whether those who testified before the grand jury lied while under oath.”