Former U.S. President Donald Trump clenches his fists in response to applause after speaking at the North Carolina Republican Party Convention Dinner on June 5, 2021 in Greenville, North Carolina.file photo / Reuters
Atlanta: After the 2020 election, a Georgia poll worker accused of voter fraud by former President Donald Trump is pressured and imprisoned during a meeting arranged with the help of allies in the Trump campaign. threatened, prosecutors said in court on Friday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis is investigating whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 Georgia election. and asked Willie Louis Floyd, director of Trump’s Black Voices, a group aimed at boosting support for the former president among black voters, to testify.
In December 2021, Floyd was asked to arrange a meeting with Fulton County elections official Ruby Freeman to discuss a “immunity agreement”. I falsely accused him of pulling out the paper.
Mr. Willis said Mr. Floyd arranged for Trevian Kutty, whom Mr. Willis described as a Chicago-based “publicist,” to meet with Mr. Freeman. Prosecutors had previously sought Mr. Kutty’s testimony.
Kutti told Freeman that an “armed force” of federal agents would approach her and her family within 48 hours, and that Kutti was “a very high-profile man who could do certain things to protect himself and his family.” High people said they had access to. Willis’ court filing.
The district attorney cited video footage as evidence for these statements.
Kutti did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment on Friday. Messages to Floyd’s Instagram account were also not immediately returned.
Freeman and Kutty met at the Cobb County Police Department, where Kutty told Freeman that “freedom and that of one or more of your family members” would be disrupted if Freeman refused her assistance. It needs to be cleaned up,” she says Willis.
Willis said part of the meeting was filmed with a body camera.
Kutty also said he wanted Freeman to be tied to Floyd, who is “a black progressive crisis manager who is at a very high level and has the authority to get the protections he needs,” Willis said. rice field.
In subsequent phone calls with Kutty and Floyd, Freeman was pressured to reveal information under the threat of imprisonment, Willis said.
Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shay” Moss, appeared before a January 6 committee of the House of Representatives in June to tell lawmakers how lies about election fraud changed their lives. did. Moss was also a poll worker in Fulton County.
As part of the investigation, Willis called on a number of witnesses with ties to Trump, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and US Senator Lindsay Graham. Giuliani, who was told he was under investigation, testified before a special grand jury last month. A federal judge on Thursday ruled that constitutional protections would not bar Graham from testifying.
Trump has blamed voter fraud for his 2020 loss to Democrat Joe Biden. State officials, including Trump’s own attorney general, and federal investigators said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 contest.