The Georgia case involving 2020 election interference against the former president of the United States took a significant turn this week, according to a report published on Friday.
The announcement follows Trump’s ‘complete exoneration’ statement after the grand jury report in the case was released earlier this year.
Eight individuals in Georgia who were referred to as “fake electors” and who allegedly attempted to alter the results of the 2020 election have reportedly accepted immunity in the Fulton County investigation, according to their attorney and ABC News.
According to the report, the Fulton County district attorney’s office granted immunity to eight of the attorney’s clients in April. In a court filing on Friday, the attorney who represents 10 of the fraudulent electors acknowledged this fact.
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 release of a January 2021 phone call in which the then-president is heard discussing with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger how to “find 11,780 votes” to overturn his loss in Georgia in the 2020 election, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now investigating allegations that Trump attempted to do so.
The “fake elector” scheme, which members claimed involved electors in multiple states, involved assembling “groups of individuals in key battleground states and persuading them to call themselves electors, creating phony certificates associated with these fake electors, and then transmitting 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 repeatedly claimed that his phone call was appropriate and that he had no intention of doing anything improper.
In February, in response to the release of a grand jury investigation from Georgia, Trump stated that he was exonerated of any malfeasance related to the 2020 election.
Thursday, following the release of the findings, Trump issued the following 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!”
Willis, a member of the Democratic Party, is not yet finished with her pursuit of Trump. According to Newsmax, she was “considering whether those who testified before the grand jury lied while under oath.”