Fulton County investigators reportedly have an audio recording of former President Donald Trump pressuring then-Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R) to push for a special House session to overturn then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state during the 2020 election.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Fulton County special grand jury, which has been investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election, heard the recording of Trump speaking to Ralston, who died late last year.
The AJC spoke with five jurors about the evidence that they were shown. The jurors would not disclose any part of the final report that remained under seal, including who they recommended to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to be indicted.
The report said that jury foreperson Emily Kohrs, who was widely condemned for her bizarre attention-seeking media interviews following the conclusion of the jury’s final report, was not one of the five jurors who were interviewed by the publication. The jurors expressed frustration with how Kohrs conducted herself, saying that it led to the jury being “portrayed as not serious.”
The report said that five jurors all confirmed the existence of an alleged recording, which has not yet been released to the public, in which Trump called Ralston to pressure him to hold a special session to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
The jurors said that Ralston “basically cut the president off. He said, ‘I will do everything in my power that I think is appropriate.’ … He just basically took the wind out of the sails. ‘Well, thank you,’ you know, is all the president could say.”
In describing how they looked back at the events that unfolded throughout the process, one of the jurors said, “I tell my wife if every person in America knew every single word of information we knew, this country would not be divided as it is right now.”
One of the jurors said that when their final report comes out, it was “gonna be massive.”