8 Trump 'fake electors' have accepted immunity in Georgia election probe, attorney says

The Fulton County DA is investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

May 5, 2023, 8:01 PM

Eight of the so-called "fake electors" in Georgia who were allegedly involved in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the state have accepted immunity in the Fulton County probe into the matter, according to their lawyer.

In a court filing in the case on Friday, an attorney who represents 10 of the fake electors said the Fulton County district attorney's office reached out in April to provide an immunity offer for eight of her clients.

"After reviewing the actual, written offers of immunity, each of those eight electors accepted their immunity offer," the filing by the attorney, Kimberly Debrow, said.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is probing former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss in the state, after Trump was heard in a January 2021 phone call pleading with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to help him "find 11,780 votes," the exact number he needed to win Georgia.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack said the "fake elector" plan, set up in multiple swing states, assembled "groups of individuals in key battleground states and got them to call themselves electors, created phony certificates associated with these fake electors, and then transmitted these certificates to Washington, and to the Congress, to be counted during the joint session of Congress on January 6th."

Seven of the electors, according to the filing, have sat for interviews with the district attorney's office.

All 16 "fake electors" in the state had previously been informed they were considered targets of the probe.

PHOTO: Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Manchester, N.H., April 27, 2023.
Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a campaign event in Manchester, N.H., April 27, 2023.
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The new filing on Friday came after Willis earlier last month asked the judge to disqualify Debrow from simultaneously representing the electors. Willis claimed in her court filing that Debrow's representation of multiple electors amounted to a conflict of interest, especially after some of the electors stated during interviews with the DA's office that other electors had committed crimes.

Debrow, in her filing on Friday, denied that accusation.

"At no time during or after any of these interview did the DA election team state that they believed an elector was incriminating another jointly represented elector or that they believed a conflict of interest had arisen," the filing stated.

Debrow also pushed back on the accusation that she did not bring earlier immunity offers to her clients, and accused one of the DA's investigators of an "egregious and aggressive" attempt to "mislead" one of the electors during their interview regarding regarding that issue.

Debrow and the investigator, according to the filing, got into a "heated exchange" during which the investigator threatened to "tear up" the deal and indict the elector.

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