Like the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation into the breach of the Capitol during the certification of the 2020 presidential election, Fulton County, Georgia has been conducting its own review targeting Republican outcry before and after the results were announced.
Now Stacey Abrams has weighed in on the Georgia grand jury and her opinion has raised the specter of a partisan witch hunt–according to CNN.
Legal analyst Elie Honig joined CNN’s “New Day” Friday for a discussion on these ongoing investigations, in particular the latest developments in the Georgia investigation where Fulton County DA Fani Willis recently subpoenaed Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) to testify. As host John Berman pointed out, Kemp has challenged the subpoena, and his opponent heading into the November gubernatorial race, Stacey Abrams had her own thoughts on the investigation.
“If you look at the emails that have been released about the back-and-forth, and having dealt with the Kemp administration, I would actually put my faith more in the Fulton County DA’s office,” Abrams contended in a clip from the previous night. “I know that this has been a meticulous and very thoughtful investigation and that he is not the only Republican who’s tried to skirt his responsibility to provide information.”
Honig was baffled by Abrams’s ability to make such an assertion.
“So, I did a double take when I heard that last night on Erin Burnett’s show,” he told the panel. “And Stacey Abrams said the same thing later in the show–she said it twice: ‘this is a meticulous investigation by the DA’s office.'”
“How on earth would Stacy Abrams know that?” the legal analyst asked.
“Stacey Abrams is a civilian, no different than any of us. She’s not a public official, she’s not part of the prosecutor’s office. So, there’s two possibilities here,” he suggested. “One, which I hope it’s not–it better not be–is she’s being briefed on this behind the scenes by the prosecutor’s office. That would be wildly inappropriate, all sorts of crossed wires, politics and prosecution.”
“The other is, she made it up!” Honig asserted.
“There’s sort of a middle ground here, where she’s rooting for this investigation. And let’s keep in mind: Brian Kemp, her upcoming opponent in the gubernatorial race, has received a subpoena. He’s now in a battle with Fani Willis.”
Kemp filed a motion to dismiss the subpoena, as reported by Newsweek, stating Willis’ office “engineered the Governor’s interaction with the investigation to reach a crescendo in the middle of an election cycle.”
“What began as an investigation into election interference has itself devolved into its own mechanism of election interference,” the court filing went on to say.
“And to me, this sort of underscores it,” Honig added to the panel. “There are real political problems going on here. And we’re starting to see politics infect this investigation. Not long ago, a judge in Georgia disqualified Fani Willis from one of her subpoenas. He said, you have a political conflict of interest. He said something along the lines of, ‘I don’t know what you were thinking.'”
“She had done a fundraiser for the political opponent of someone who she had subpoenaed. And now when it comes to Brian Kemp, Kemp’s argument is, you the DA have politicized this by waiting so long. And the fact is…the reality is the DA took a year and a half, from January–this tape, the Raffensperger tape came out in January of 2021–until this summer to seat a grand jury,” he concluded in part.
Recently, Willis’ efforts to subpoena former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were successful as she aimed to draw a connection between allegations of impropriety surrounding the 2020 presidential election with an aim to actually overturn the results.
On his program, “The Rudy Giuliani Show,” Giuliani said, “They have now told me that I’m the target–I’m a target of their Atlanta investigation. As I recall correctly, I appeared in Georgia as attorney for Donald J. Trump, so I’m going to be prosecuted for what I did as an attorney.”
Rudy Giuliani informed that he’s now the target, may face charges ‘imminently’ due to Trump link https://t.co/AE2MJNHfQC
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) August 16, 2022
Graham is expected to testify on Aug. 23 after he, too, had attempted to have his subpoena dismissed.
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