According to multiple news reports, Special Counsel Jack Smith has reached out to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp as he continues his wide-ranging investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The Post was the first to report on the operation, which CNN said took place last week.
Kemp is one of the latest issues Smith’s team has addressed after he sent a pointed letter to Donald Trump last Sunday.
“The deranged Jack Smith, Joe Biden’s Justice Department attorney, sent a letter (it was Sunday night again!) stating that I was a TARGET of the Jan. 6 grand jury investigation and gave me a very short notice of four days to report to the grand jury, which almost always means an arrest and indictment,” Trump wrote on his platform Truth Social.
The letter reportedly cited three laws that could be a basis for prosecuting the former president: conspiracy to defraud the United States, disenfranchisement under the guise of law, and tampering with victims, witnesses, or whistleblowers.
Trump had repeatedly pressured Kemp to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. After the contest, then-President Kemp called for a special session of the Georgia Legislature to be called Throw away the results and appoint voters who would support Trump instead, and urged the governor to order a review of absentee ballot signatures in the state. Kemp denied both requests.
In a now infamous appeal, Trump also urged Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” unreservedly claiming he had won the state.
Smith’s team reportedly heard about Raffensperger earlier this summer.
Both Kemp and Raffensperger opposed Trump’s efforts and angered Trump, who ended up supporting two other Republicans in their nominations for the November midterm elections.
Both Kemp and Raffensperger won re-election.
Kemp isn’t the only governor to hear from Smith’s team in recent weeks. Former Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) was also contacted by the special counsel, his spokesman confirmed earlier this month.
“He reacted and just like he has since the election, he will do the right thing,” said Daniel Scarpinato said CNN.
This comes at a time when expectations of another indictment against Trump are growing.
“I think it’s likely that something will happen this week,” former acting attorney general Neal Katyal said Sunday of a possible third indictment against Trump.
Trump has already been charged for his misappropriation of classified documents after he left the White House in another investigation Smith oversaw, and in New York for his role in a hush money payment scheme involving porn star Stormy Daniels.
He could also face charges arising from Georgia’s special grand jury investigation into efforts to reverse Biden’s victory there. Kemp testified before this body in November.