In a letter Thursday to Fulton County Superior Court Chief Justice Christopher S. Brasher, Willis said the decision was necessary because “a significant number of witnesses and potential witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation. in the absence of a subpoena requiring their testimony”.
She 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 to that”.
so-called special use Grand juries are rarely used in Georgia but could be a valuable tool for Willis as she takes the extraordinary step of investigating a president’s conduct while in office.
His investigation, launched in February, centers on Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call to Raffensperger, in which he urged the Republican to “find” the votes to overturn 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 subpoena 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 jibed for a longer period and would focus on a single inquest. A regular Fulton County grand jury sits for two months. Jurors typically hear hundreds of criminal cases before the end of their service.
The DA also requested that a Fulton County Superior Court judge be assigned to assist and oversee the special grand jury in carrying out its investigation and duties.
Willis’ request must be approved by a majority of county members superior court judges.
This is a developing story.