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At least 8 of Georgia’s ‘fake voters’ received immunity deals in 2020 election survey


ATLANTA — At least eight of Georgia’s “fake voters” have been granted immunity in Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation of former President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged interference in the 2020 election, according to a new criminal record.

More than a dozen people signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won Georgia in the 2020 election and declared themselves to be “duly elected and qualified” voters of Georgia. Georgia has 16 voters in the electoral college.

The eight unnamed individuals agreed to interviews with prosecutors, seven of which were completed between April 11 and April 14, according to the filing.

“Based on the details of the actual immunity offers that addressed some of the attorney’s prior concerns and the attorney’s current assessment of the risks and benefits of the immunity offers, the eight voters to whom the ‘Immunity was offered have accepted,’ the filing reads.

An interview with the eighth voter, who was out of the country at the time, will be scheduled later.

The revelation of the immunity agreements came in a motion opposing efforts by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to disqualify the attorney and impose penalties, which was filed Friday by attorney Kimberly Debrow, who represented some of the voters.

Debrow argued against apparent concerns that voters had incriminated one another, writing: “All voters remain united in their innocence and collective defenses, and none have testified or believe that they- themselves or any other voters have committed wrongdoing, let alone “criminal acts”. ‘”

Debrow did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The eight immunity agreements that were revealed on Friday are not the first in the district attorney’s investigation into alleged election interference.

Special grand jury chairwoman Emily Kohrs told NBC News in February that some witnesses testified with immunity agreements already in place, noting that about a dozen witnesses were granted some form of immunity. A witness was offered immunity on the witness stand after failing to answer questions, Kohrs said at the time. The special grand jury recommended the indictment of more than a dozen people, she said.

Willis said last month that she plans to announce charging decisions as early as mid-July.

A lawyer for David Shafer, the Georgia Republican Party chairman who had submitted his name on a fake voter list, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Shafer’s immunity status.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office declined a request for comment.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.