The Fulton County Prosecutor Sends “Target Letters” To Electoral College Scammers, What It Means
In several different states, Republican officials, acting at the behest of the Trump Campaign, drafted fake electoral college certificates changing the electors to those who favored Trump. They then submitted these forgeries to Congress and the National Archives as authentic. One such state was Michigan where Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel concluded that it likely violated Michigan law. Even so, Nessel referred the matter to the Federal Department of Justice claiming it was better suited to investigate the matter since the scam sprawled across several states.
Another state where this occurred was Georgia where Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis took a very different approach. Willis convened a special grand jury to investigate a wide range of potential Trump election fraud. Most attention has focused on the investigation of phone calls by Trump pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp to just “find” the exact number of votes Trump needed to win. However, the fake electoral college certificate issue is also being investigated.
In breaking news Fani Willis has sent “target letters” to some of the fake electors involved in the forgeries. A target letter is essentially a notice to expect to be indicted and suggests one should acquire legal counsel now. You could call it a “lawyer up” letter. It effectively means that, while the target is not yet indicted, the prosecutor has made the decision to prosecute and intends to ask the grand jury to bring down an indictment.
Does it mean the targets are certain to be indicted? Almost. They will be indicted barring exceptionally unlikely events. A target’s lawyer could meet with the prosecutor and present arguments aimed at changing the prosecutor’s mind. Once it has gone this far such a change of heart is very unlikely. Even less likely, the prosecutor could ask the grand jury to indict and the grand jury could refuse to do so. That’s kind of a “black swan event.”
The individuals known to have received such target letters include Burt Jones, who is merely Governor Brian Kemp’s running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Also included are David Shafer, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, and state Senator Brandon Beach. It is very likely that others have received or will be receiving such letters. The others who signed the forgery (which you can view below) are also likely in the crosshairs. After all, in the forgery they fraudulently represented themselves as the “duly elected and qualified Electors” for Georgia.
Interestingly, Beach is not one of the fake electors, but has been previously identified as involved in the conspiracy. Another name not on list who could be charged is Robert Sinners, the Trump Campaign’s election operations director for Georgia. Sinners wrote an email summoning the electors to their meeting. The December 13, 2020 email strongly communicates at guilty mind as it asked for “your complete discretion in this process.” It directly stated:
“Your duties are imperative to ensure the end result — a win in Georgia for President Trump — but will be hampered unless we have complete secrecy and discretion. Please, at no point should you mention anything to do with Presidential Electors or speak to the media.”
The email urged the fake electors to lie to security guards at the building about their purpose at the Capitol by falsely claiming they were there for an appointment with Senator Beach or Jones.
The pending, imminent state indictments does not mean any of these people are off the hook on the potential Federal charges (some of which I discuss HERE), just last month some of these people were subject to a Federal subpoena on this issue, so that investigation continues.
The investigation by Fani Willis continues. She famously subpoenaed Senator Graham, who also made a call to Raffensperger, and Graham has sued in Federal court to quash it. Willis has made clear that she is considering subpoenaing Trump himself.
Trump’s coup attempt was wide ranging and went well beyond the violent elements witnesses on January 6th. Some of those involved in the non-violent coup efforts are about to have justice catch up with them.