The Justice Department used a grand jury subpoena to obtain CCTV security footage of the Atlanta, Georgia, stadium where ballots were counted after the 2020 election, indicating that federal prosecutors are looking into some of the same issues. than the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney, who may soon file charges against former President Donald Trump and others in his orbit.
According to the Magazine-Atlanta Constitution, Prosecutors investigating Mr. Trump’s efforts to remain in office against the will of voters despite losing the 2020 election issued a grand jury subpoena on May 31 to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office seeking of “any and all security video or recording, or any other video of any kind, depicting or being taken at or near State Farm Arena, the Atlanta indoor sports arena that served as a polling place and polling place ballot count during the 2020 presidential election.
Election night events at the stadium, which serves as the home field for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, have been instrumental in multiple avenues of civil and criminal litigation, including a grand jury investigation overseen by Fani Willis, US Attorney Fulton County District.
Willis is currently presenting evidence before a grand jury that could soon decide whether to bring charges at the state level against Trump or any of his allies for their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, in which the then-president became the first Republican to lose in the Peach State in three decades.
The images also played a role in civil lawsuits brought against various pro-Trump figures and entities by Ruby Freeman and Wandrea Moss, a pair of Georgia poll workers whom Trump and his allies falsely accused of voter fraud in the weeks that followed. to the 2020 vote.
But the news of the federal subpoena, which comes just after Trump revealed that he received a letter informing him that he is the subject of a federal investigation into his actions in the lead up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol in USA is the first sign that Ms. Willis and special counsel Jack Smith are sailing in the same waters.
It has long been known that Ms. Willis has been investigating false claims of fraud made by the former president and others in his circle, as well as their effort to convince Georgia Republicans to submit fraudulent electoral college certificates to the Archives. Nationals and then-Vice President Mike Pence, who was pressured by Trump to illegally hijack Congress’s role in counting electoral votes on the day of the attack.
Both the state and federal investigations are expected to result in indictments against the former president, who currently faces criminal charges in his former home state of New York, as well as a separate federal indictment for allegedly illegally withholding national defense information in defiance of a law. grand jury subpoena.