The Associated Press reports:
A Georgia state agency said Tuesday that it will name a special prosecutor to consider whether the state’s Republican lieutenant governor should face criminal charges after former president Donald Trump and 18 of his allies were indicted Monday for working to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
Lt. Gov. Burt Jones was one of 16 Republican electors who falsely claimed that Trump won Georgia. As a state senator, he also sought a special session of Georgia’s Legislature aimed at overturning President Joe Biden’s narrow win in the state.
But Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was barred by a judge from indicting Jones. Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney agreed with Jones that Willis, an elected Democrat, had a conflict of interest because she hosted a fundraiser for the Democrat who lost to Jones in the 2022 election for lieutenant governor.
Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Burt Jones (R), who is being investigated by a special prosecutor as one of the state’s 16 “fake electors” from 2020, told Newsmax Thursday that he’s “not going to apologize” for looking into claims of irregularities for his constituents. Jones made the statement after anchor Shaun Kraisman asked, “Do you still believe that President Trump won in 2020 in the state of Georgia?”
“Look … I … the questions that were being asked back then were… there were a lot of issues,” Jones said, dodging the question at hand. “You’re supposed to respond to your constituents. So, I’m not going to apologize for responding to my constituents. You know, every election, there’s always people trying to game the system. To what degree, you just don’t know, and that was the questions we were asking in 2020.
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