Trump has testified before a grand jury after being caught on video violating the voting system in Georgia



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A pro-Trump operative who was recorded participating in a breach of Georgia’s voting system after the 2020 election has testified before a grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the results in that situation, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

Scott Hall, the Georgia bail bondsman and Republican supervisor of polls in Fulton County, who was caught on surveillance video the same day as the breach and admitted to accessing a voting machine, testified for three hours at the state level last week. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis oversaw the investigation, sources said.

Hall’s appearance before the grand jury has not been announced.

On January 7, 2021, the day after the attack on the US Capitol, Hall and others associated with Trump attorney Sidney Powell spent hours in a restricted area of ​​the Coffee County election office where they set up computers near voting equipment and appeared to access it. voting data

The criminal investigation into Willis recently expanded to include the hacking of voting systems in deep-red Coffee County by operatives working for Powell.

Hall did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

According to court documents obtained by CNN, Hall’s role in investigating alleged voter fraud in Georgia is also mentioned in a November 2020 email Trump received from the chairman of the state’s Republican Party, who heads Georgia’s election day operations.

“Scott Hall has been looking into the election on behalf of the President at the request of David Bossie. I know,” Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer wrote to Robert Sinners, Trump’s head of Georgia election day operations, on November 20, 2020.

Shafer, who was among 16 individuals who impersonated Trump voters in Georgia, has been notified that he is the target of a criminal investigation by the Fulton County DA.

Bossie, a longtime Republican operative who served as Trump’s deputy campaign manager during the 2016 presidential election, is a close ally of the former president and was initially tapped to lead legal challenges after the 2020 election.

Although Bossie was sidelined as the leader of the Trump campaign’s litigation push just weeks after Election Day, according to the book “Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, he remains a prominent member of the Republican Party, serving as the GOP’s national committee. for Maryland.

Bossie is also Hall’s brother-in-law, according to two sources familiar with their relationship.

Bossie did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

In his latest deposition as part of a separate civil case related to Georgia’s election security, Sinners was questioned about his knowledge of the Coffee County break-in.

Sinners, who is now Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s Communications Director, told CNN that the investigation continues to be as full as possible, and that his statement in the civil suit shows he knew nothing. About the data breach at the Coffee County elections office.

In his latest appearance, Sinners said he spoke with Hall on the phone for less than a few minutes after the 2020 election and that the Georgia bail-seeker had “some wild theories.”

“I didn’t think he was an authoritative source of election information,” Sinners said of Hall, according to court documents.

When asked why he didn’t flag authorities about Hall, Sinners said, “If I had contacted law enforcement about every conspiracy theory that someone had contacted me about, I would still be out until next Christmas,” according to court documents. .

Shafer told CNN that he did not want to comment on the Fulton County grand jury’s special investigation at this time, but noted that the reason he emailed Sinners in November 2020 was because Hall had requested a list of complaints from the Georgia Republican Party. Absentee voting was indicated by voters when they did not actually vote.