The prosecutor leading an investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia is seeking testimony from an additional group of his allies, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the 2020 election interference investigation, filed additional subpoenas Friday to secure testimony from the foreign witnesses before the special grand jury session in Atlanta.
Willis says Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, is a “necessary and material witness” and wants the grand jury to hear from him specifically about a Dec. 18, 2020, meeting he had with Trump, attorney Sidney Powell and others associated with Trump’s campaign, according to Friday’s lawsuit.
During the heated Oval Office meeting, CNN previously reported, Flynn and Powell made outrageous proposals to overturn the election, three weeks after Trump pardoned Flynn.
Prosecutors are interested in hearing from Gingrich about his role in working with Trump’s campaign after the 2020 election, including the plan to send “fake voter” certificates to the National Archives and encourage the then-president’s campaign “to air advertisements promoting the false story about election workers had smuggled suitcases containing fake ballots into the State Farm Arena in Atlanta,” according to the filing.
CNN reported last month that the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol sent a letter to Gingrich asking for his voluntary cooperation in discussing his role promoting false claims that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
CNN has reached out to Flynn and Gingrich for comment.
Willis also filed court papers Friday to try to issue subpoenas to former Trump White House counsel Eric Herschmann and at least two other people she says have valuable insight to share with the grand jury.
CNN previously reported that the district attorney aims to quickly wrap up the grand jury’s work after the midterm elections and could begin issuing indictments as early as December, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The Georgia investigation — set in motion by an hour-long phone call in January 2021 from Trump to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to “find” the votes needed for Trump to win the Peach State — has steadily expanded. It now covers presentations about unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud to state lawmakers, the fraudulent election scheme, efforts by unauthorized individuals to gain access to voting machines in one Georgia county and a campaign of threats and harassment against lower-level election workers.