A Georgia judge ruled on Monday that Governor Brian Kemp must testify before a grand jury in an investigation into possible election interference by then-President Donald Trump and others.
Judge James R. Butterworth said that Kemp does not have to testify until after the November election, but he denied the governor’s request to avoid testifying altogether.
“The governor is in the midst of a re-election campaign and this criminal grand jury investigation should not be used by the District Attorney, the Governor’s opponent, or the Governor himself to influence the outcome of that election.
“Once the election is over, the Court expects the Governor’s legal team promptly to make arrangements for his appearance.”
The grand jury is investigating whether Trump and his allies tried to pressure Kemp to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.
Kemp has denied any wrongdoing and has said that he will cooperate with the investigation.
“Judge McBurney acknowledged the potential political impact of the timing of these proceedings and correctly paused the Governor’s involvement until after the November election.
Just as we have since April 2021, we will work with the DA’s office and the judge to ensure a full accounting of the Governor’s limited role in the issues being investigated is available to the special grand jury.”
The judge’s ruling is a victory for prosecutors, who have been seeking to question Kemp and other Georgia officials about the election.
It is unclear whether Trump will be called to testify before the grand jury.
The investigation is being led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat.
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