A special prosecutor will investigate Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones in connection with allegations related to former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was initially ordered not to indict Jones due to a conflict of interest.
98-page Indictment Charges Trump and 18 Others in Election Alteration Attempt
District Attorney Fani Willis announced a 98-page indictment charging Trump and 18 others with attempting to alter the election results in Trump’s favor.
The indictment includes Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, Jenna Ellis, and Sidney Powell.
Jones Denies Wrongdoing, Describes Role as “Fake Elector”
Although not listed in the indictment, Lt. Gov. Burt Jones was one of the “fake electors” who asserted that Trump won Georgia and tried to conduct a secretive meeting at the State Capitol.
Jones denies any wrongdoing, stating that he and other electors acted to preserve Trump’s chances if he won in court.
Conflict of Interest Removes Jones from Indictment
Fulton County Superior Court Judge ordered Fani Willis to remove Burt Jones from the investigation due to a conflict of interest.
Any decision made about Jones in connection with the investigation was deemed tainted by the conflict.
Special Prosecutor Decision Hinged on Indictment
Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys Council Executive Director Pete Skandalakis waited for an indictment before determining the need for a special prosecutor.
The special prosecutor will have the final say on whether to file charges against Jones.
Difficulty in Finding a Special Prosecutor
The Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys Council faces challenges in finding a special prosecutor due to resource limitations.
The relatively low compensation offered for such cases in Georgia adds to the difficulty.
Ongoing Scrutiny Surrounding Individuals Connected to the 2020 Election
The appointment of a special prosecutor indicates the ongoing scrutiny surrounding individuals allegedly involved in the events surrounding the 2020 election in Georgia.
The exact details of the investigation into Jones remain unknown.