In a Thursday letter to Christopher S. Brasher, chief judge of the Fulton County Superior Court, Willis said the move was necessary because “a significant number of witnesses and potential witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation without a subpoena.” require your testimony.”
He cited comments Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger made during an October 2021 interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, in which he said “if she wants to interview me, there’s a process for that.”
The so-called special purpose Grand juries are rarely used in Georgia, but they could be a valuable tool for Willis as he takes the extraordinary step of investigating a president’s conduct while in office.
your probe, released in february, focuses on Trump’s January 2 phone call to Raffensperger, in which he urged the Republican to “find” the votes to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia in November 2020.
Special grand juries, which typically have 16 to 23 members, cannot issue indictments. But they can summon witnesses, compel the production of documents, inspect and enter certain offices for the purposes of the investigation.
Willis said a special grand jury would be beneficial because jurors can be separated for a longer period of time and would focus on one investigation. A regular Fulton County grand jury sits for two months. Jurors typically hear hundreds of felony cases before their service ends.
The prosecutor also requested that a Fulton County Superior Court judge be assigned to assist and supervise the special grand jury in carrying out its investigation and duties.
willis petition must be approved for most counties superior court judges.
This is a developing story.