From the Atlanta Constitution-Journal 6:00 p.m. ET:

Gov. Brian Kemp will deliver testimony next month to Fulton County prosecutors investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 elections, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

But unlike the parade of witnesses who have appeared at the Fulton courthouse to answer questions in front of a special grand jury, the Republican will instead deliver a “sworn recorded statement,” according to a letter from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office dated Wednesday and obtained by the AJC on Thursday.

In the letter to Kemp’s attorney, Nathan Wade, a special prosecutor hired by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to help with the investigation, said the DA’s office agreed to the terms “in a spirit of cooperation with the Governor and his schedule.”

Kemp’s sworn examination will take place on July 25. […]

Kemp is expected to be one of the investigation’s most high-profile witnesses. Several other state elected officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr, have already testified before the special grand jury.

Kemp drew Trump’s ire for refusing his repeated illegal requests to call for a special session of the state legislature to undo Biden’s win in Georgia. Kemp said that state law blocked him from “interfering” with the election.

As a result, Trump repeatedly lambasted Kemp at rallies and other public events, saying he was “ashamed” to have endorsed him at 2018.

There is no universe in which Kemp’s testimony is going to help Trump. Not after all of what we’ve seen come out of Georgia. This is a clear break of the Georgia GOP from Trump and maybe other state GOPs will follow. Who knows at this point?

But unless I miss my guess, Trump is going to flip when he hears this. This is an interesting development, because it is yet one more step away from Trump. The Georgia GOP is desperately trying to make itself seem credible — which, with candidates like Marge Greene and Herschel Walker is no small order.

This is step away from MAGA and towards a more traditional GOP. All eyes will be on this, is my guess.

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  1. Kemp going this meekly to the DA may kill GOP chances in Georgia for the midterms. As you say, Ursula, Trump will neither forgive nor forget and he’ll sic whatever braindead minions he can on Kemp. At minimum, I expect it’s going to tamp down enthusiasm for the state party.



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