“Jaw-dropping”: Experts stunned after report reveals new tape of Trump pressuring Georgia official

The special grand jury investigated Trump’s efforts to overturn his election in the state after District Attorney Fani Willis launched a probe into the former president’s infamous phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss. But five grand jurors who spoke with AJC revealed that investigators also have an audio recording of Trump pressuring then-Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to push for a special session to reverse President Joe Biden’s win.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti called the report “jaw-dropping.”

The call “sounds incendiary,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman. “How big does Willis want to go in her charges?”

The special grand jury wrapped up its work and its foreperson publicly revealed that the panel recommended indictments for more than a dozen people in the case, though it’s unclear if Trump was one of them. The ultimate decision on whether to bring charges will fall on Willis.

Ralston, who died last year, revealed Trump’s call in December 2020 a day after it happened.


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