Donald Trump is potentially facing an escalation in legal difficulties as former Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan is among those summoned to testify before a grand jury this coming Tuesday. This is related to the former president’s purported attempts to reverse the Georgia results in the 2020 election.
Recently, Trump has increased his public condemnation of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the investigation’s leader, as he prepares himself for a potential fourth indictment.
Former Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan posted on Twitter that he looks forward to answering their questions about the 2020 election.
Trump has publicly and personally attacked Willis, labeling her a “young racist” at a New Hampshire rally on Tuesday and falsely associating her with a gang member. No evidence has been provided to back up this accusation.
The Georgia investigation stemmed from a January 2, 2021, phone call where Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to try to find enough votes to surpass President Joe Biden.
This year, Trump has faced three indictments, the latest concerning his post-election attempts to hold onto power following his defeat to President Biden.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice secured a four-count indictment focusing on Trump’s conduct between the 2020 election and the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot instigated by his unfounded allegations about the election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and to obstruct an official proceeding.
This week, prosecutors on special counsel Jack Smith’s team requested a January 2 trial date for this case, provoking Trump’s anger.
Additionally, Trump is due to stand trial in May over his management of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and on March 25 next year in New York for alleged illegal payments during his 2016 campaign. In the latter case, 34 counts of falsifying business records were brought against Trump by a New York grand jury.
In all cases, Trump has pleaded not guilty and characterized the legal actions as politically driven schemes to damage his potential 2024 White House campaign. Nevertheless, he continues to be a prominent contender for the Republican presidential nomination, according to opinion polls.