(AP photo) Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Las Vegas, July 8, 2023.

Judge Refuses to Block Trump Election Probe in Georgia

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(AP photo) Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Las Vegas, July 8, 2023.

A judge in the southern U.S. state of Georgia on Monday refused efforts by former President Donald Trump to block a prosecutor from pursuing an indictment against him for trying to illegally overturn his pivotal 2020 election loss in the state to Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump had claimed that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Atlanta had overseen an investigation that was “confusing, flawed and, at times, unconstitutional.”

Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled Trump’s claims were “either insufficient or else speculative and unrealized.”

The judge said, “They are insufficient because, while being the subject [or even target] of a highly publicized criminal investigation is likely an unwelcome and unpleasant experience, no court ever has held that that status alone provides a basis for the courts to interfere with or halt the investigation.”

“Guessing at what that picture might look like before the investigative dots are connected may be a popular game for the media and blogosphere,” the judge wrote, “but it is not a proper role for the courts and formal legal argumentation.”

With a grand jury considering the case, Willis has signaled she could soon indict Trump and a host of aides linked to his efforts to upend the 2020 Georgia election result.

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