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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith’s team has contacted Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who was pressured by former President Donald Trump to cancel the 2020 election, a Kemp official told CNN.
“I can confirm that our office has been contacted by Jack Smith’s office, but we will decline to comment further at this time,” Andrew Isenhour, a spokesman for the Republican governor, said in a statement.
Smith’s team contacted Kemp’s office this week, according to a person familiar with the outreach.
The Washington Post first reported Smith reaching out to Kemp.
Trump pushed Kemp to reverse 2020 presidential election results After he lost the state to Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia. After Kemp declined, Trump sought to sink the governor’s re-election efforts by appointing a challenger in the 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary. Kemp was re-elected despite Trump’s efforts.
“He was mad at me. I wasn’t mad at him. I followed the law and the constitution, saying exactly what I could and couldn’t do when it came to the election. Like I said before, it’s much bigger than Donald Trump. It’s much bigger than me. It’s much bigger than the Republican Party,” Kemp told CNN earlier this week.
Smith’s investigators have recently contacted Ex Arizona Governor Doug DuceyTrump pushed for a nullification election after losing the state in 2020 as well.
Federal investigators are focusing on efforts by Trump and his top lawyers as they arranged for fake voters to submit ballots to Congress on his behalf and tried to block then-Vice President Mike Pence from certifying the election results.
Trump received a Target letter at Smith’s trial last Sunday, and his team is now preparing to file a charge sheet in the case.
The targeted letter cited three laws accusing Trump of: disenfranchisement; conspiracy to commit a crime or commit fraud against the United States; and tampering with a witness, according to multiple news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, which cited a person familiar with the matter.
The investigation was revealed in a Justice Department investigation that is looking into violations related to the conspiracy and obstruction of Congressional action on Jan. 6, which is part of the witness tampering law, CNN previously reported following a Justice Department search of a Trump administration adviser’s home.
In November, Kemp testified in a separate investigation by Atlanta-based state prosecutors into Trump’s efforts to rig the election in Georgia. Kemp appeared before a special jury in Fulton County for approximately three hours. Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis said charging decisions could come in the next few weeks.
This story has been updated with additional information.