Trump’s lawyers and advisers testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating election interference



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Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer and adviser to former President Donald Trump, testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sought Epshteyn’s testimony as part of her investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the Peach State’s election results. President Joe Biden was interested in learning more about Epshteyn’s alleged role in the battleground states that he won in the last presidential election to help compile voter lists for Trump.

Epshteyn appeared Thursday after telling the judge he would likely invoke the attorney-client privilege in some questions and raising concerns that he had too few details about what prosecutors wanted to ask him, according to an earlier court filing.

The New York Times reported Epshteyn’s appearance before the grand jury. An attorney for Epshteyn did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

The testimony of a close adviser to the former president comes after prosecutors spent months presenting evidence and witness testimony to a special grand jury convened to investigate the aftermath of the 2020 election.

The Atlanta-area investigation began with the revelation of Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he urged the Republican to “seek” votes to overturn the election results.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, you recalculated,” Trump said on the January 2021 call. Raffensperger responded, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is, the data you have is wrong.”

In an earlier statement that repeated his lies about the 2020 election, Trump said, “I did not say anything wrong when I called on behalf of the United States of America as president to investigate massive voter fraud. In Georgia,” a special grand jury should not look into his “perfect” phone call. he added.

Earlier this year, Willis told CNN, “You and I both heard that phone call. But I also have the benefit of having spoken to a lot of witnesses and probably read more about this than most people want to.”

The Georgia investigation is just one of many that have been underway since Trump left office. The former president is facing a civil investigation by the New York attorney general into the Trump Organization and a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office into his namesake company.

This story was updated with additional information on Thursday.