Georgia Gov. Kemp Must Testify Before Special Grand Jury After Nov. 8 Election: Judge

By Allen Zhong
Allen Zhong
Allen Zhong
senior writer
Allen Zhong is a long-time writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on U.S. politics. Send him your story ideas: allen.zhong@epochtimes.nyc
August 29, 2022 Updated: August 30, 2022

A judge in Georgia on Aug. 29 rejected Gov. Brian Kemp’s motion to dismiss a subpoena for him to testify before the special purpose grand jury in the probe of the 2020 election.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney denied the motion, which invoked sovereign immunity and claimed that the county court didn’t have jurisdiction to issue or enforce the subpoena.

“The Court finds that it does enjoy jurisdiction and that the subpoena should not be quashed,” the judge wrote in the ruling.

However, McBurney delayed the governor’s appearance before the grand jury to a date “soon after the 8 November 2022 general election,” in which Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams.

He postponed the date because Kemp is in the midst of a campaign for reelection and to avoid the case from being used to influence the election results, the judge wrote.

McBurney also declined to quash a subpoena for lawyer Kenneth Chesebro, who represented the Trump campaign. He’s scheduled to appear before the special grand jury on Aug. 30, according to a court filing.

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Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Fani Willis makes closing arguments during a trial in Atlanta, on Aug. 24, 2016. (John Bazemore/AP Photo)

“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,” Kemp’s office said in a statement after the ruling. “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.”

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office didn’t respond by press time to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

More Trump Allies Subpoenaed

Prosecutors have said they want to ask Kemp about Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s call with then-President Donald Trump, as well as his own contacts with Trump and others in the wake of the 2020 general election.

Willis opened the investigation early last year, prompted by a January 2021 phone call between Trump and Raffensperger during which Trump reportedly suggested the state’s top election official could “find” the votes needed to overturn his loss. But the investigation’s scope has widened considerably since then.

Raffensperger and some other state officials have appeared before the special grand jury.

Willis also has been pursuing testimony from close Trump allies and advisers.

Former New York Mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who’s been told he faces possible criminal charges in the investigation, testified earlier this month. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is currently fighting a subpoena in federal court.

Willis last week filed paperwork seeking to compel testimony from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump-allied attorney Sidney Powell, among others.

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Attorney Lin Wood speaks during a press conference on election results in Alpharetta, Ga., on Dec. 2, 2020. (Lynn Lin/The Epoch Times)

Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney, confirmed on Aug. 26 that he was subpoenaed by the Fulton County special grand jury.

“The devil is after me today!!!” he wrote in social media post late on Aug. 26. “The Fulton County DA attacks me as you can see from the email below to my attorney, Ibrahim Reyes, by demanding that I testify before the ‘Trump Witch Hunt’ grand jury!!!”

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

Allen Zhong
senior writer
Allen Zhong is a long-time writer and reporter for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group in 2012. His main focus is on U.S. politics. Send him your story ideas: allen.zhong@epochtimes.nyc