Fani T. Willis, the highest prosecutor in Fulton County, Ga., is focusing on former President Donald J. Trump and a variety of his allies in her newly introduced investigation into election interference.
Ms. Willis and her workplace have indicated that the investigation, which she revealed this week, will embrace Senator Lindsey Graham’s November telephone name to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, about mail-in ballots; the abrupt elimination final month of Byung J. Pak, the U.S. legal professional for the Northern District of Georgia, who earned Mr. Trump’s enmity for not advancing his debunked assertions about election fraud; and the false claims that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s private lawyer, made earlier than state legislative committees.
“An investigation is like an onion,” Ms. Willis instructed The New York Times in an interview. “You never know. You pull something back, and then you find something else.”
She added, “Anything that is relevant to attempts to interfere with the Georgia election will be subject to review.”
Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Mr. Graham, mentioned that he had not had any contact with Ms. Willis’s workplace. Mr. Giuliani didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Jason Miller, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, has referred to as the Georgia investigation “the Democrats’ latest attempt to score political points.”
The exercise of Mr. Trump is central to the Georgia inquiry, significantly his name final month to Mr. Raffensperger, throughout which Mr. Trump requested him to “find” votes to erase the previous president’s loss within the state.
Ms. Willis, whose jurisdiction encompasses a lot of Atlanta, laid out an array of doable legal costs in current letters to state officers and businesses asking them to protect paperwork, offering a partial map of the potential publicity of Mr. Trump and his allies.
Mr. Trump’s calls to state officers urging them to subvert the election, as an illustration, may run afoul of a Georgia statute coping with criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, one of many costs outlined within the letters. If that cost is prosecuted as a felony, it’s punishable by at the very least a yr in jail.
Ms. Willis, 49, is a veteran prosecutor who has carved out a centrist document. She mentioned within the interview that her determination to proceed with the investigation “is really not a choice — to me, it’s an obligation.”
“Each D.A. in the country has a certain jurisdiction that they’re responsible for,” she added. “If an alleged crime happens within their jurisdiction, I think they have a duty to investigate it.”