ATLANTA (AP) — After the 2020 election, a Georgia poll worker falsely accused of voter fraud by former President Donald Trump was pressured and threatened with jail time during a meeting organized with the help of a Trump campaign ally. , a prosecutor said in a court filing Friday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia. As part of the investigation, Willis filed court documents Friday seeking testimony from Willie Lewis Floyd, director of Black Voices for Trump, a group that aims to boost the former president’s support among black voters.
In December 2021, Floyd was asked to arrange a meeting to discuss an “immunity deal” with Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker whom Trump and his allies falsely accused of pulling fake ballots from a suitcase, according to with Willis.
Willis said Floyd arranged for Trevin Kuti — who Willis described as a “purported journalist” based in Chicago — to meet with Freeman. The prosecutor has previously requested Kutti’s testimony.
Kutti told Freeman that “an armed squad” of federal officers would be closing in on her and her family within 48 hours, and that Kutti had access to “very high-profile people who can make certain things happen to defend yourself and your family.” at Willis Court.
The prosecutor cited video as evidence of those statements.
Kutti did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday. A message to Floyd’s Instagram account was also not immediately returned.
Freeman and Kutti met at the Cobb County Police Department, where Kutti told Freeman that “the freedom and liberty of one or more of your family members” would be disrupted if Freeman refused her help. Kutti said Freeman was “a loose end for a party he needs to sort out,” according to Willis.
The encounter was captured in part by a body camera, Willis said.
Kutti also said she wanted to connect Freeman with Floyd, whom she described as a “Black progressive crisis manager, very high caliber, with authority to get you the protection you need,” Willis said.
During a subsequent phone call with Kutti and Floyd, Freeman was pressured to divulge information under threat of jail time, Willis said.
Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, appeared in June before a House committee on Jan. 6 and told lawmakers how lies about voter fraud turned their lives upside down. Moss was also a poll worker in Fulton County.
Willis has called for testimony from several witnesses with ties to Trump as part of her investigation, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Giuliani, who has been told he is a target of the investigation, testified before the special judiciary committee last month. A federal judge ruled Thursday that constitutional protections did not protect Graham from testifying.
Trump blamed voter fraud for his 2020 loss to Democrat Joe Biden. State officials and federal investigators, including Trump’s own attorney general, have said there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 contest.
Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.