Former US President and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures about weightlifting at the Republican Volunteer Recruitment Event at Farbent, Calvary Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 8, 2023.
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The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday announced a sweeping bid by former President Donald Trump to disqualify District Attorney Fanny Willis from the 2020 Georgia election inquiry and invalidate a special grand jury report that recommended criminal charges. It was unanimously rejected.
The Georgia Supreme Court ruling expects Willis, who led a possible investigation by President Trump and his allies to sabotage President Joe Biden’s election victory in Peach State, to seek indictment. It was dropped just a few weeks before it was.
Trump’s attorneys did not present “one of the very rare circumstances” that would require a lower court circumvention, the judge ruled. “Therefore, the petition is dismissed.”
In a petition four days ago, Mr. Trump’s attorneys acknowledged that it was highly unusual for the state Supreme Court to accept the case because it normally reviews appeals from lower courts. But they still argued that the issue should be taken up by the High Court, in part because of former president and 2024 presidential candidate Trump’s position.
Trump’s legal team had filed a similar claim in Fulton County Superior Court.
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