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Feds interview Georgia Republicans who refused to serve as 'fake' electors

Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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Two other Georgians who refused to serve on the phony slate of GOP electors didn't immediately comment late Thursday on whether they had been interviewed by federal investigators.

John Isakson, the son of the late U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, previously told the AJC he agreed to serve as a Trump elector if the former president won reelection but refused to be included on the new slate. He said that participating seemed like "political gamesmanship."

The fourth wouldbe elector, state Rep. Susan Holmes of Monticello, had previously declined to comment on her decision not to join the slate.

The 16 Republicans who filled out the fake slate are a cross-section of influential leaders. They include state GOP chair David Shafer and state Sen. Burt Jones, a Trump-backed candidate for lieutenant governor.

Jones, who was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's primary, has not been contacted by the Justice Department and isn't a known subject of investigation, officials said.

 

It's the latest sign that investigators are sharpening their scrutiny of the Republican electors who met at the state Capitol in December to authorize a false slate for Trump.

At the time, GOP officials said they were submitting alternate slates in case Trump's legal challenges were successful. Each of the challenges were rejected by courts.

The Justice Department also is reviewing phony Electoral College documents to determine whether the electors committed crimes, and a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued subpoenas to two Georgians on the fake slate.

And Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recently confirmed that the phony GOP electors were also under scrutiny as part of her investigation into Trump's attempt to reverse his defeat.

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