Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis: 2020 election inquiry may result in prison sentences

"The allegations are very serious," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said

Updated: September 16, 2022 - 1:24pm

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The Fulton County prosecutor investigating "attempts to influence" the 2020 presidential election in Georgia says some targets of the probe, if convicted of a related crime, will receive prison sentences. 

"The allegations are very serious," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the probe, told The Washington Post on Tuesday. "If indicted and convicted, people are facing prison sentences."

Decisions on indictments are still months away, but at least 17 people have been told that they are targets of the criminal investigation. Willis said that more people will be added to that list. 

While Willis has not said whether she would charge former President Trump, she said Trump could be called as a witness before the special grand jury that was convened this spring. 

Regarding Trump's testimony, Willis said, "A decision is going to have to be made, and I imagine it's going to be made late this fall."

Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and 16 alternate electors for Georgia's 2020 presidential election are the targets of the investigation who have been made public. Lawyers for Giuliani and the electors have denied that their clients committed any wrongdoing. 

Trump told conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt in a Thursday interview that he hasn't received any target letters "at all" in ongoing criminal investigations, The Post reported.