ATLANTA — Day one for the grand jury investigating possible interference in Georgia’s 2020 election has wrapped up.
Much of the investigation revolves around the now-infamous phone call between former President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Raffensperger and others in his office will be the first witnesses subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury on Thursday.
The heart of matter is: Did Trump break Georgia law when he asked Raffensperger to find nearly 12,000 votes?
“So look, all I want to do is just, I want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state,” Trump told Raffensperger on the call following the 2020 election.
Channel 2′s Richard Elliot obtained a copy of the subpoena that the grand jury issued to Raffensperger to appear Thursday morning and testify.
Elliot spoke with Raffensperger on Wednesday and asked him whether he thought Trump tried to interfere.
- Top state officials confirm they have been subpoenaed by special grand jury in Trump election probe
- Special purpose grand jury seated to investigate Trump phone call to secretary of state
- FULL AUDIO: Call between Trump, Georgia Secretary of State investigator over signature match audit
- Fulton DA requests special grand jury for Trump investigation
- Judges allow Fulton DA to convene special grand jury in probe against former President Trump
- Fulton DA closer to decision on charges in Trump investigation
“The president, Trump, was asking us to find, you know, 12,000 votes. But how did he get to that spot? You’d have to ask him,” Raffensperger said.
Raffensperger and other members of his staff will testify before that grand jury, which does not have the power to indict only the power to investigate, then send its recommendation to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
“If we should find that there was criminal interference into the election, then we are hopeful that the grand jury will see it appropriate to recommend indictment,” Willis said.
Raffensperger said he really hasn’t prepared much for his testimony since he’s been talking about what happened to people for more than a year-and-a-half.
“I hope it’s an objective, you know, fact-based process. I think at the end of the day that’s what this office does, you know? We have to because we’re overseeing elections,” Raffensperger said.
Raffensperger told Elliot he’s still battling misinformation and disinformation.
Much of it, he said, dates back to when Rudy Guiliani and others came and testified before a Georgia Senate committee.
©2022 Cox Media Group