Boris Epshteyn: Trump lawyer and adviser testified before Georgia grand jury investigating election interference
Boris Epshteyn, a lawyer and adviser to former President Donald Trump, testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating efforts to nullify the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested Epshteyn’s testimony as part of his investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election results in Peach State. She wanted to know more about Epshteyn’s alleged role in organizing pro-Trump voter lists in battleground states that President Joe Biden actually won in the last presidential election.
Epshteyn appeared on Thursday after telling the court he would likely invoke solicitor-client privilege over certain issues and feared he had too few details about what prosecutors intended to ask him, according to a previous court record.
The New York Times reported for the first time Epshteyn’s appearance before the grand jury. An attorney for Epshteyn did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
The testimony from a close adviser to the former president comes after prosecutors spent months presenting evidence and testimony to a special grand jury appointed to investigate the aftermath of the 2020 election.
The Atlanta-area investigation began after Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was revealed in which he urged the Republican to ‘find’ votes to overturn the election results. .
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, uh, you recalculated,” Trump said on the January 2021 call. Raffensperger replied, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is incorrect.”
In an earlier statement repeating his lies about the 2020 election, Trump said, “I said nothing ill in the call, made while I was President on behalf of the United States of America, to investigate on the massive voter fraud that took place in Georgia,” while adding that a special grand jury should not consider his “perfect” phone call.
Earlier this year, Willis told CNN, “You and I listened to that phone call. But I also have the advantage of having spoken to many witnesses and having probably read more about it than most people would like.
The Georgia investigation is just one of many investigations Trump has been conducting since leaving office. The former president also faces the New York Attorney General’s civil investigation into the Trump Organization and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s criminal investigation into his namesake company.
This story was updated with additional information on Thursday.