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Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor to Face Inquiry for Role as Fake Trump Elector

U.S.Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor to Face Inquiry for Role as Fake Trump Elector

Lt. Gov. Burt Jones of Georgia will be investigated for his role as a fake elector for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 presidential election, a state official said Thursday.

Fani T. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Ga., has already brought racketeering and other charges against Mr. Trump and several top allies in a sweeping election case. But she was disqualified in 2022 from continuing to investigate Mr. Jones, a Republican, because she had hosted a fund-raiser for his political rival.

By law, when a prosecutor on a case is found to have a conflict of interest, the head of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, a state government entity, is responsible for choosing a replacement. After facing criticism for not moving more quickly to find a new prosecutor, Pete Skandalakis, the executive director of the council and a former district attorney, said on Thursday that he would do the job himself.

“I will be handling Burt Jones,” Mr. Skandalakis, a Republican, said in a text message on Thursday. He declined to elaborate on the matter. His decision was previously reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Trump campaign enlisted fake presidential electors in 2020 in a number of swing states where Mr. Trump was defeated, as part of an effort to circumvent the outcome of the voting. Twenty-four of those electors are facing charges in three states.

Ms. Willis, a Democrat, chose to reach cooperation deals with most of the fake Georgia electors, but she did charge three who had prominent political roles in the state, including David Shafer, the former head of the state Republican Party. At the time of the 2020 election, Mr. Jones was a state senator.

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