(Reuters) – Georgia Republicans accused of playing a role in attempts by former President Donald Trump and his supporters to reverse his 2020 election defeat have asked a judge to dismiss subpoenas issued for upcoming hearings, they showed. court papers on Tuesday.
Trump has falsely claimed that rampant voter fraud caused his loss in Georgia, a key battleground state where President Joe Biden emerged victorious, helping him win the White House.
A special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia is conducting a criminal investigation into alleged wrongdoing.
It is one of the most serious cases facing Trump, who was recorded in a January 2 phone call pressing a top state official to “find” enough votes to overturn his loss to Biden in the state.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
A filing in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of 11 of Georgia’s 16 presumptive Republican presidential electors described subpoenas for a hearing later this month as “unreasonable and oppressive.”
Sixteen people who signed an unofficial electoral certificate have been informed that their testimony is required and that they are under investigation, according to a separate court file.
Georgia State Senator Burt Jones also asked the court to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from her role as legal counsel in the case.
In response, the District Attorney’s Office said, “Jones has done nothing to establish a real conflict of interest in the case.”
A hearing on the matter will be held on July 21. Jones will appear before the special grand jury on July 26.
The Justice Department has been investigating an alleged plan by Trump and his supporters to present alternative lists of state voters to reverse Biden’s victory in the election.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas in Los Angeles; Editing by Scott Malone and Kenneth Maxwell)