Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has been contacted by the office of special counsel Jack Smith as he investigates efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election, a spokesman for the governor confirmed Friday.
«I can confirm that our office has been contacted by Jack Smith’s office,» Andrew Isenhour said in a statement, declining to provide further comment.
the washington post first reported about the Republican governor’s contact with Smith’s office, which has been vetting fake voters from battleground states who in most cases signed certification documents claiming Trump had won their states even though he had lost.
A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.
Trump said Tuesday that he had received a letter from Smith informing him that he is the subject of an investigation by a federal grand jury charged with examining the riots of January 6, 2021, and efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Weeks after the 2020 election, Kemp’s office confirmed that Trump called the governor and tried to pressure him into ordering a special session of the state Legislature to overturn Biden’s narrow victory in Georgia.
Last month, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office confirmed that special counsel investigators would interview Raffensperger, who was pressured by Trump in a phone call days before the Capitol Hill riot to «find» enough votes to overturn his loss in the state.
Raffensperger’s office said this week that it had complied with a subpoena issued by the special counsel’s office over 2020 polling site security footage that Trump had singled out in his voter fraud claims.
Kemp’s contact with the special counsel is not the first time he has been sought for information about the efforts of Trump and his allies in Georgia.
In November, the governor testified before a special grand jury investigating whether Trump and his allies interfered in the Georgia election. That investigation, which began in 2021, is being overseen by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who has indicated that the indictments are likely to be filed in August.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called the Smith and Willis investigations a «witch hunt.»
Kemp has largely refrained from criticizing Trump by name, but has questioned the former president’s eligibility. In a recent CNN interview, he suggested that if Trump continues to focus on false claims that the 2020 race was stolen, he «will lose Georgia.»
Alexander Blayne contributed.