Ex-President Donald Trump is trying to drop an investigation into his alleged election interference in 2020 – weeks before charges are expected to be brought against him in another case.
Trump’s attorneys on Friday requested a court order that would dismiss evidence collected by a grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, and bar Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from investigating him.
His attorneys argue that continuing the investigation would result in a “violation of his fundamental rights under the Constitution” as Trump “seeks his party’s nomination for the Presidency of the United States.”
The investigation focuses on whether Trump and his allies illegally interfered in the 2020 Georgia presidential election, in which he narrowly lost to Joe Biden. A special grand jury has been hearing evidence for around seven months and has already recommended indictments against more than a dozen people.
Willis has signaled final fee decisions could be made as early as August.
“A regular Fulton County grand jury could any day bring an indictment based on a report and investigative process that was utterly without authority,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the Georgia Supreme Court filing.
“It’s one thing to sue a ham sandwich. “Blaming the mustard-stained napkin it once lay on is another matter entirely.”
Out of great caution, Trump’s attorneys filed a similar motion in Fulton County Superior Court.
The ex-president has already been charged in two other cases. Earlier this month, Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 counts in federal court over his alleged misappropriation of classified documents. In April, he pleaded not guilty to the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation into his role in a hush-hush payment to a porn star.
And in May, a New York federal jury found Trump guilty of sexually abusing and defaming writer E. Jean Carroll and awarded her $5.5 million in a civil trial.
Trump’s legal woes continue to mount as he remains the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024.
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