Georgia Supreme Court rejects Trump attempt to derail Fulton County election probe

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday rejected Donald Trump’s attempt to stop the Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation into whether the former president and his allies interfered in the state’s 2020 presidential election.

The rejected petition was one of two of Trump’s attorneys filed at various Georgia courthouses last week. Both sought to effectively derail District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into whether there were “coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 election.”

The petition was aimed at barring Willis from investigations into Trump and suppressing a report by the special grand jury that she had used to assist in her investigations.

In a brief, unanimous decision, the nine-judge state Supreme Court said what Trump is seeking “is not the kind of relief this court is granting, at least so long as there are no extraordinary circumstances which the plaintiff has not demonstrated.” they are here.”

“Even if the petition were procedurally reasonable, the plaintiff has not established that he is entitled to the compensation he is seeking,” the court said.

A Trump representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in court in Atlanta on July 11, 2023. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

A similar petition filed by Trump on Friday is pending in the Fulton County Superior Court.

Both petitions sought a court order barring Willis “from presenting to a regular grand jury any evidence obtained in the special purpose grand jury proceeding.”

The special grand jury recommended indicting more than a dozen people, its chairwoman Emily Kohrs told NBC Nightly News in February. Their names have not been published.

Trump’s petition called for both courts to act quickly because Willis “has signaled that she will use the report — itself the result of a distorted and co-opted process — to file an indictment against the plaintiff within weeks, if not days.” to obtain.”

Trump filed a similar petition in Fulton County Superior Court in March. The judge who oversaw the grand jury investigation, Robert McBurney, has yet to rule on these files.

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Willis began her wide-ranging investigation in January 2021. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and alleges that Willis, a Democrat, is conducting a politically motivated “witch hunt.”

In letters to local law enforcement, Willis has indicated she will most likely face charges in the first half of August.

Blayne Alexander and Charlie Gile reported from Atlanta and Dareh Gregorian from New York.

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