ATLANTA — The judge presiding over a special grand jury investigating alleged illegal efforts to influence the 2020 race in Georgia is weighing in on whether Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is required to appear before the panel.
Judge Robert McBurney ordered a hearing for Thursday morning after a disagreement between attorneys representing the governor and prosecutors working for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
The Republican governor is attempting to avoid testifying before a special grand jury investigating if former President Donald Trump and his allies violated any laws in attempting to reverse Trump’s close defeat.
In a January 2017 phone discussion between the then-president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Trump suggested that officials “find” the votes necessary to reverse his defeat.
Brad Raffensperger has already testified in front of the special grand jury.
Kemp, who is up for reelection in the fall, is fighting testimony orders.