Pro-Trump ‘fake voters’ in Georgia are now the target of a criminal investigation, prosecutors say
A group of pro-Trump “fake voters” in Georgia who tried to intervene to secure his victory in the state’s 2020 election are now the targets of a criminal investigation, prosecutors say.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told the 16 people who formed an alternate presidential voters list and signed an “unofficial voter certificate” sent to the National Archives that they could be charged.
The development was revealed by court documents filed by Atlanta prosecutors on Tuesday.
“Each of the sixteen people who signed the Unofficial Voter Certificate ultimately submitted to the National Archives received a similar target letter alerting that person both that his testimony was required by the grand jury for a special purpose and that he was the target of the investigation,” prosecutors said.
The court filing said 11 of the 16 voters had already received letters telling them they are not just witnesses in the case under investigation, but now targets.
The district attorney’s office said they changed the status of the individuals due to “new evidence” that had been uncovered by investigators.
“As our investigation has matured and new evidence has come to light, in the spirit of integrity, we believe it is fair to inform you that your customers’ status has changed to ‘Target,'” the Willis’ office.
Among the group currently under investigation by the grand jury is state Republican Party Chairman David Shafer, according to CNN.
Joe Biden narrowly beat Mr Trump in Georgia, flipping the state on his way to winning the White House, despite the president’s false claims of voter fraud for one term.
Despite Mr. Biden’s victory, all 16 signed a certificate saying they were “duly elected and qualified” and falsely claiming that Mr. Trump had won the state.
Ms Willis opened a criminal investigation in 2021 “into attempts to influence the administration of Georgia’s 2020 general election”.
She served on a grand jury in May and alleged “a coordinated, multi-state plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”