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Brian Kemp Must Testify in Trump Election Interference Investigation, Judge Rules

A Georgia judge denied the governor Monday. Brian Kemp’s attempt to avoid evidence before the grand jury hearing evidence in an investigation into possible 2020 election interference by then-President Donald Trump and others, but said he doesn’t have to testify until after the election november.

“The governor is in the midst of a re-election campaign and this grand jury criminal investigation should not be used by the district attorney, the governor’s opponent or the governor himself to influence the outcome of that election,” the judge said. Fulton County Superior Court. Robert McBurney wrote in his six page book ruler. “Once the election is over, the Court expects the Governor’s legal team to make the necessary arrangements for his appearance.”

Kemp, a Republican who has been criticized by Trump for refusing his demands to help overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, faces Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November 8 election.

“Judge McBurney recognized the potential political impact of the timing of these proceedings and correctly withheld the governor’s involvement until after the November election,” Kemp’s office said in a statement. “As we have done since April 2021, we will work with the district attorney’s office. and the judge to ensure that the special grand jury has at its disposal a full explanation of the governor’s limited role in the matters being investigated.”

A special grand jury that had been formed as part of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into interference in the 2020 election wanted to speak with Kemp about the pressure he received from the White House and others to nullify the results in the state, which Biden won. by a narrow margin.

The grand jury subpoenaed Kemp’s testimony earlier this month, after what McBurney described as weeks of “tortured and torturous” negotiations for a voluntary interview. The judge said that “both parties share responsibility for torture and tortuosity.”

Lawyers for the state attorney general’s office, Chris Carr, argued that the subpoena should be dismissed because Kemp had “sovereign immunity,” but the judge disagreed, concluding that it only applies in civil actions and that the special grand jury is conducting a criminal investigation. Carr also alleged that Willis was seeking Kemp’s testimony for improper political purposes (a charge the Democratic district attorney denied) and argued that if the judge allowed the questioning to proceed, it should take place after the election.

Carr noted in court papers that because the grand jury was authorized until next May, “conclusion of the investigation before the November 2022 election is unnecessary.”

McBurney agreed, finding that “the sensible and prudent course is to let the election proceed without further litigation or other activities related to the governor’s involvement in the work of the special purpose grand jury.”

in a separate decision On Monday, McBurney also denied an attempt by attorney Kenneth Chesebro to quash a subpoena for his grand jury testimony. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol said Chesebro was a proponent of a plan to field “alternative voters” in states Trump lost, including Georgia.

In a court filing last month, Willis said the 16 fake voters in Georgia have been notified that they are the subject of his investigation.

Chesebro, who was subpoenaed last month, argued that he should not have to appear before the grand jury because “all of his expected testimony is protected by attorney-client privilege.”

McBurney agreed that some of his testimony about his work for the Trump campaign would be privileged, but there were other areas that would not be off limits, including his communications with Republican officials in the state and his “interactions with individuals in Georgia seeking prepare a list of ‘alternate’ electors weeks after the final vote count showed former President Trump losing by more than 10,000 votes.”


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