“I have 182 open and uncharged homicides involving 222 defendants,” she said. “I have a safeguarded sex crimes unit. But I am quite able to identify some great people to work in this office who are dedicated to the cause of making this county safer, and I cannot fail in my duty, because I have others. responsibilities.
Clark D. Cunningham, a law professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, said it looked like Ms. Willis would “do her best” for the Trump case, “because of the range of types of crimes mentioned in this letter, ”he said, adding“ and in particular the racket and conspiracy talk.
The push to overturn the election results in Georgia began on November 13, when Mr. Graham, a Trump ally from South Carolina, phoned Mr. Raffensperger, Secretary of State for Georgia. Mr Raffensperger, a Republican, later said Mr Graham asked him if he had the power to reject all mail-order votes from certain counties, a suggestion the secretary of state rejected. (Mr. Graham disputed Mr. Raffensperger’s account.)
On December 3, Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal counsel, appeared before a Georgia State Senate committee, claiming that “there was more than ample evidence to conclude that this election was a sham ”and presented a number of false allegations. . Two days later, Mr. Trump called Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, to urge him to call a special session of the legislature to overturn the election. Mr Trump then called Republican Attorney General of Georgia Chris Carr and pressured him not to oppose a legal attempt to challenge election results in Georgia and other swing states.
Due to Trump’s flurry of calls, Ms Willis said she believed she was the only relevant official who did not have a conflict of interest. As she wrote in letters to other officials, “this office is the only competent body which does not witness the conduct under investigation.”
Even after Mr. Raffensperger recertified the election results on December 7, Mr. Trump’s efforts intensified. Three days later, Mr. Giuliani practically testified before a State House committee, repeating false allegations that polling officers in an Atlanta arena had counted irregular ballots in suitcases, so that they were just using the normal storage containers. “Looks like they’re passing out of drugs,” he said at the hearing.
Gabriel Sterling, one of Mr. Raffensperger’s main collaborators, called the claims ludicrous “an ‘Oceans 11’ type system,” adding: “This has been completely debunked.”