ATLANTA (AP) – The prosecutor investigating whether Donald Trump and others broke the law by trying to pressure Georgia officials to overthrow Joe Biden’s presidential election victory asks the FBI for security assistance after the former president ousted prosecutors investigating him.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis wrote a letter to the FBI Office in Atlanta on Sunday asking for a risk assessment of the county’s courthouse and government center. She also asked the FBI to provide protection resources “to include intelligence services and federal agents.”
Last year, Willis launched an investigation into possible attempts to unduly influence the 2020 Georgia general election by Trump and his staff. A special grand jury is set to sit on May 2 to help with the investigation, and Willis asked the FBI to take the steps she requested well in advance of that date.
“My staff and I will not be influenced or intimidated by anyone as this investigation progresses,” Willis wrote.
She added that her office has already taken steps to address security issues “given the communications we have received from individuals who are dissatisfied with our obligation to perform our duties.” She said she is also working with county officials on the need for additional security measures as the investigation progresses.
But she said security concerns were “escalated” over the weekend when Trump cracked down on prosecutors who looked at his actions, calling them “vicious, horrific people.”
“If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we in this country will have the biggest protest we’ve ever had in Washington, DC, in New York, in Atlanta and elsewhere,” he said. Trump during Saturday night rally in Texas.
The rhetoric is particularly alarming, Willis wrote, in light of statements Trump made at the same event, saying that if he returns to the White House, he can grant pardons to people who stormed the U.S. Capitol last year. an attempt to block the certification of Biden’s victory.
“We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Willis wrote in the letter to the FBI.
Willis declined to comment on the details of her investigation, but in a recent interview with The Associated Press, she confirmed that its scope includes – but is not limited to – a phone call on January 2, 2021 between Trump and Georgia’s minister. State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the U.S. attorney general’s abrupt resignation on January 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 in Georgia’s Legislative Committee hearings on the election.
In a statement earlier this month, Trump said his call to Raffensperger was “perfect” and said he was not saying anything wrong. Graham has also denied any wrongdoing.