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‘Optics are horrific’: Political pitfalls of Trump probes by Democrats

A judge barred Georgia's DA from investigating one of Georgia’s “fake electors” for Trump. Judge Robert McBurney rejected efforts by 11 other fake electors to disqualify DA Fani Willis from their portions of the investigation. This is not the first time one of the prosecutors leading these other probes has run into criticism for political activity with regard to a subject of their investigations. New York Attorney General Letitia James campaigned in 2018 by playing up her intent to scrutinize Trump, whose business is based in her state. She said in a statement that she would “shine a bright light into every dark corner of his real estate dealings, and every dealing, demanding truthfulness at every turn”

A federal judge in May rejected a Trump lawsuit against James seeking to halt her civil investigation because of alleged political targeting. The judge said Trump didn’t prove James acted in bad faith, as required, but indicated her statements could suggest animus. Trump's first big attempt to use this argument against James didn't pan out — somewhat predictably, given the standard required for the long-shot lawsuit he filed. But that doesn't mean the argument is over with, legally speaking, or that it might not matter politically, which is where all of this