Trump attempt to derail Georgia election investigation rejected by judge

Former President Donald Trump’s attempt to prevent a Georgia district attorney from prosecuting him and using certain evidence gathered in her investigation into potential illegal meddling in the 2020 election has been rejected by a judge. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled that Trump lacked the legal grounds to challenge the case before any indictment had been filed. McBurney stated that the alleged harms Trump and Republican fake elector Cathy Latham had claimed were either insufficient or speculative.

In a footnote, the judge made a caustic remark about Trump’s potential political capital despite being indicted twice, suggesting that being the subject of a criminal investigation could work in his favor. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, has strongly hinted that she plans to seek charges in the case, emphasizing that no one is above the law.

The motion filed by Trump’s legal team in March claimed that the special grand jury investigating the case had a lack of clarity in the law, inconsistent application of constitutional protections, and a prosecutor’s office with an actual conflict of interest. The grand jury did not have the power to indict but issued subpoenas, heard from 75 witnesses, and issued a final report with recommendations.

Trump’s attorney, Drew Findling, did not provide immediate comment on Monday. Latham, one of the 16 Georgia Republicans who falsely declared Trump’s victory in the 2020 election, was informed last year that she was a target of the investigation, but some of the signatories have since reached immunity deals.

Judge McBurney stated that there are no grounds to disqualify Willis from pursuing her investigation and likely prosecution, as she had not acted improperly. He commended her for conducting the case without being partisan or resorting to personal invective, in contrast to Trump’s behavior.

Trump’s legal team attempted to prevent Willis from prosecuting him and have the special grand jury’s report dismissed. However, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously dismissed their petition. Another judge has been assigned to consider their petition against McBurney.

The next hearing is scheduled for August 10th.

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