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Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to obtain “sensitive” data from the 2020 elections

  • Experts led by the former president’s legal team tried to copy information from electoral systems

The lawyers of former United States President Donald Trump (2017-2021) tried to get hold of “sensitive” electoral data extracted from the vote counting machines after the 2020 elections, as published on Monday by The Washington Post. The newspaper, which said it had access to documentation that would prove it, indicated that Trump’s lawyers directed a team of computer experts to copy data of electoral systems in key states like Georgia, Nevada and Michigan. The representatives of the exmandatario paid in advance to the computer scientists, in one of the cases, 26,000 dollars.

The Post recounts how attorney Sidney Powell sent a team to Michigan to copy election data from a rural county and the Detroit area; another lawyer did the same for Nevada, and on January 7, 2021 – just after the assault on the Capitol – they were sent to South Georgia.

This same Monday, it was learned that Trump’s former personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is being investigated in the state of Georgia for his involvement in the former president’s attempts to invalidate the 2020 elections, in which he lost to the current president, Joe Biden. Giuliani, whose conspiracy theories about alleged interference in favor of Democrats in the elections have been the subject of the criminal investigation led by Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis, will have to appear before a grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia. ).

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Since last May, a special grand jury in Georgia examines whether the former president and other people committed crimes to put pressure on politicians of that state in relation to the results of the 2020 elections. Also this Monday, a federal judge rejected the attempt of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham not to appear before the special jury, for which he will have to testify on August 23 to answer about two alleged phone calls he made to Georgia election officials.

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In Georgia and other US states, special grand juries cannot issue criminal indictments, but they do have the power to subpoena witnesses and transfer documents in a secret process. At the end of their mission, this type of jury – made up of between 16 and 23 people – issues a report with its conclusions and sometimes recommends one measure or another, but it is up to the prosecutors to decide whether to accuse or not, something for which they would need to present evidence. to another grand jury.

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