Judge Holds GOP Governor Accountable

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s (R) motion to reverse a Subpoena requiring him to testify before a special grand jury investigating the efforts of former President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 Presidential elections.

For months Kemp has been trying to dodge appearing before the grand jury. And while his appearance before the grand jury hasn’t been canceled, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney delayed the testimony until after the midterm elections, when Kemp is up for reelection.

In a repeat of 2018, Kemp will face Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams who he only manage to narrowly beat, thanks, in part, to an endorsement from Trump.

Kemp’s legal teams had been pursuing a total block of the Subpoena, arguing Kemp didn’t need to appear based on his role as governor. While McBurney didn’t block the Subpoena, he did offer Kemp a lifeline in the form of an election-year reprieve.

In his ruling, McBurney wrote, “The Governor is in the midst of re-election campaign, and this criminal grand jury investigation should not be used by the District Attorney, the Governor’s opponent or the Governor himself to influence the outcome of that election.”

Since Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis launched the investigation, prosecutors have been attempting to uncover details of the conversations between Kemp and Trump in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election.

Kemp is one of many prominent names who’ve been subpoenaed by the grand jury investigating Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. Earlier this month, Rudi Giuliani testified before the Grand Jury after several delays.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) has also attempted to get out of having to testify before the grand jury.