Judge blocks Georgia DA from developing case against Republican senator in Trump investigation

Jones is one of 16 fake Trump voters who signed the “unofficial certificate of electorate” as part of a plan to overthrow the Electoral College in the 2020 election.

Jones is currently running for lieutenant governor of Georgia against Democrat Charlie Bailey. Willis hosted a fundraiser for Bailey last month and donated to her main campaign earlier this year.

In his ruling, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said Willis’ office may “examine witnesses about the senator’s role in the state’s various Republican party efforts to rehabilitate question the legitimacy of the election results. do is secure that evidence to build a case against the senator.”

“It’s a ‘What are you thinking’ moment,” McBurney said. “The optics are horrible.”

The Georgia Attorney General’s Board will select an alternate District Attorney’s Office who may interview Jones, in accordance with Georgia law.

Willis’ office and Jones’ spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Jones, in a Tweeter, called the ruling a “BIG win for our campaign — but more importantly, for due process and the rule of law in Georgia.” Her attorneys had argued that Willis’ political actions should disqualify her and suggested asking the Georgia attorney general to appoint a new district attorney to oversee the case.

Willis’ attorney had said in court papers that his political support for Bailey’s campaign did not constitute grounds for disqualification or a conflict of interest in grand jury oversight. Last week, Willis’ attorney pointed out that the district attorney’s political actions were fully within the law.

McBurney also said last week that he would not rescind any subpoenas for 11 of the “fake voters” who are part of the criminal investigation and would let the parties work out a framework with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office regarding their appearing before the grand jury and potentially invoking their Fifth Amendment rights.

CNN previously reported that court documents filed last week revealed Willis advised that Trump’s 16 bogus voters could be charged in his investigation.

This story was updated with additional details on Monday.

CNN’s Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.

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