Abrams hits Kemp over subpoena fight in Trump probe
August 19, 2022
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Georgia’s marquee Democratic candidates don’t often invoke the ongoing special grand jury investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election.
Stacey Abrams has quickly moved to capitalize on the revelation that Gov. Brian Kemp is no longer cooperating with investigators and instead seeking to quash the subpoena seeking his testimony about Trump’s actions.
Abrams forged a new line of attack against Kemp - now that the Georgia Governor is fighting his subpoena - saying it shows Kemp is a “Trump conservative,” despite the fact that the governor refused the former president’s pressure campaign to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.
“Brian Kemp is a dangerous extremist who has tried to hide himself behind one good action … He’s trying to play both moderate and MAGA but he is just extreme. He wants credit for standing up to Trump, but he’s refusing to testify to tell the truth.”
Abrams then released this video which asks, “Why isn’t Brian Kemp testifying in court?”
Kemp’s attorney accused prosecutors of a “politically motivated” investigation and expressed concern about potential leaks of his testimony in emails included in recent court filings.
The Governor’s lawyers want his testimony delayed until after the November election or canceled altogether.
Our AJC colleague Tamar Hallerman reports that Judge Robert McBurney will hear Gov. Kemp’s challenge to his special grand jury subpoena next Wednesday, Aug. 25.
That court session next week will guarantee even more attention on why the Governor changed his mind about testifying in the Georgia investigation into Trump.
Abrams tried her best to tie Kemp to other Republicans who have gone to court in a bid to get out of their subpoenas.
“If you look at the emails that have been released and, having dealt with the Kemp administration, I would put my faith more in the Fulton County DA’s office,” Abrams said on CNN Thursday night.
“I know that this has been a meticulous and very thoughtful investigation and that he is not the only Republican who has tried to skirt his responsibility to provide information.”
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