According to a lawyer for the electors, at least eight of the 16 Georgia Republicans who met in December 2020 to declare Donald Trump the winner of the presidential election despite his defeat in the state have accepted immunity deals from Atlanta-area prosecutors looking into potential election interference.
According to a brief defense attorney Kimberly Bourroughs Debrow filed Friday in Fulton County Superior Court, prosecutors with the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told the eight that they would not be charged with crimes if they testified truthfully in her extensive investigation into efforts by Trump, his campaign, and his allies to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia.
Georgia was one of seven states where the Trump campaign and local Republican officials organized a meeting of alternate electors with the stated goal of maintaining legal possibilities while election challenges proceeded through the court system. The selection of alternate electors and the creation of elector certificates were among the issues that Willis and federal investigators looked into. Another inquiry is whether Trump campaign representatives and associates planned their scheme as a part of a wider effort to overturn Biden’s complete victory when the electoral votes are counted on January 6, 2021.
Willis has stated that her investigation is concentrated on the meeting of Trump’s electors on December 14, 2020, despite Republican Gov. Brian Kemp certifying Biden’s victory, and on Trump’s phone calls to various state officials, as well as his campaign’s potential involvement in an unauthorized breach of voting equipment in rural Coffee County, Georgia.