Georgia Probe 'Closing in' on Trump and His Allies: Glenn Kirschner

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' probe into Donald Trump's actions following the 2020 presidential election is "closing in" on the ex-president, legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said on Friday.

Trump, after losing the election, said without substantial evidence that he only lost due to widespread voter fraud in key swing states narrowly won by President Joe Biden, including Georgia. In February 2021, Willis launched an investigation into whether a January 2, 2021, phone call—in which the former president asked Secretary of of State Brad Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes" to tip the election in his favor—violated state election interference laws. The Georgia investigation is one of several probes into Trump's conduct surrounding the election.

As Willis continues to make progress, Trump found himself involved in another investigation after FBI agents seized 20 boxes of classified documents allegedly being improperly stored at his Florida Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month. A heavily-redacted, yet much-anticipated, affidavit related to the search was released on Friday.

The ex-president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, and accused the FBI of corruption, although the federal agency is currently led by Director Christopher Wray, a Republican whom Trump nominated to the position. The former president also said that the FBI search was part of a broader partisan "witch hunt" targeting him and his family.

Fulton DA investigating "closing in" Trump: Kirschner
Above, former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on August 6. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into Trump’s actions surrounding the 2020 presidential election is “closing in” on the ex-president, said legal analyst Glenn Kirschner. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

As the FBI investigation draws attention from many experts and pundits, Kirschner said Friday that the Georgia investigation has been circling in on key Trump confidants, including Rudy Giuliani and Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican—both of whom have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in the case.

"As we await the release of what's likely to be a highly redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit, let's not forget that DA Fani Willis & the Georgia state grand jury are closing in on Trump. Gov Kemp made absurd/losing arguments in court yesterday," Kirschner tweeted.

Kirschner elaborated on why he believes the Georgia investigation, which many experts have warned could end in Trump facing criminal charges, remains so important during an episode of his show Justice Matters.

He touched on recent developments in the case, including Giuliani's recent testimony—though little is known about what he told the grand jury—as well as a subpoena issued against Graham.

Kirschner Predicts Graham, Kemp Will Testify

As several Republicans or Trump allies fight subpoenas in the case, Kirschner said Willis will successfully compel them all to testify in the end.

The grand jury subpoenaed Graham in July amid reports that he allegedly questioned Raffensperger about whether political bias might have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with signatures that didn't match, and whether he could toss mail ballots in counties with high rates of unmatched signatures—allegations Graham has denied. Graham was handed a win last week after an appeals court delayed his testimony as his attorneys seek to reject the subpoena.

Still, Kirschner predicted Graham "will testify before the grand jury."

"He'll keep playing this delay game—but at the end of the day, he will run out of rope. He will lose. He will go into the grand jury. And then I'm quite sure his lawyers will advise him to plead the fifth," he said.

He also said he believes Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican who has been critical of both Trump's actions and Willis' investigation, will eventually testify before the grand jury. Kemp's attorneys last week said that the governor shouldn't have to testify due to sovereign immunity, executive privilege, attorney-client privilege, and proximity to the midterm elections, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"When you go into court, and you argue in the alternative—that's what we lawyers call it when you throw everything against the wall hoping something will stick—you know what typically happens? Nothing sticks," Kirschner said.

In another recent development, the grand jury subpoenaed Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows—in which Kirschner said he will also likely testify in the investigation.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's office for comment.