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Judge says Georgia GOP chairman played key role in voter fraud scheme

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A Georgia judge on Wednesday suspended the state’s Republican Party chairman, saying he played a “significantly” different role than 10 other fraudulent voters who supported former President Trump in the 2020 election.

Judge Robert McBurney of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, said in a court order that David Schafer was “not just another alternative voter” and that he should have a separate attorney in the investigation into the efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 Georgia election.

Shafer’s “role in creating and convening the list of alternate voters, his communications with other key players in the district attorney’s investigation and his role in other post-election efforts to challenge the validity of Georgia’s official vote count” set him apart from the other 10 alternate voters, the judge wrote.

The attorneys seeking to represent all 11 “alternative” voters are Holly Pearson and Kimberly Debrow.

In his ruling, McBurney said the attorneys “can represent David Shaffer or the other ten voters, but not both.”

McBurney is overseeing the trials of a special grand jury in Fulton County investigating allegations that Trump and his allies improperly intervened to overturn incumbent Biden’s victory in the state.

In a wide-ranging case, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis (D), who opened a criminal investigation last year, is investigating 16 Georgia Republicans who were proposed as fraudulent state voters in the 2020 election.

Fake voters signed affidavits saying Trump had won the presidential election and posed as official voters to confirm the former president’s election results in Georgia.

Despite the scheme, Democratic voters ultimately confirmed the 2020 election for Biden, who won the state by thousands of votes.

But Willis said she is interested in the actions of those 16 fraudulent voters and is seeking their testimony in the investigation.

As chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, Shaffer allegedly called Republicans to the state capitol in December 2020 in addition to admitting to being a fraudulent voter. according to CNN.

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