(WJBF) – Jody Hice, US Congressman currently representing the 10e Congressional District, will no longer be required to appear before a Fulton County Special Purpose Grand Jury today, a United States District Judge ruled on Monday, June 18.e.
U.S. Representative Hice received a subpoena on Wednesday, June 29e(*see Exhibit C) to appear before the Special Grand Jury today, July 19eas part of an investigation into “facts and circumstances relating directly or indirectly to possible attempts to disrupt the legal administration of the 2020 elections in the state of Georgia,” according to documents filed by U.S. Representative Hice and his attorney Loree Anne Paradise in the case.
Since U.S. Representative Hice is a federal officer and the Court presiding over the Special Grand Jury is in state court, Hice’s legal team argues that the case should be returned to federal court, on the basis of precedents in similar cases, and that Congressman Hice should have “the protection of a federal forum”, according to the notice of dismissal filed by Hice’s attorneys in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Lawyers for Congressman Hice reached an agreement with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office on Monday that Hice would not be required to testify today until the court is able to address legal concerns. raised by Hice’s legal team (*see miscellaneous opinion).
A hearing has been set for Monday, July 25.eat 2 p.m. at the Richard Russell Federal Building for the Fulton County Attorney’s Office to serve the Notice of Revocation in Federal Court, along with a motion to vacate the subpoena, both filed Monday by attorneys for Congressman Hice.
The Special Purpose Grand Jury inquest was first authorized by Fulton County Superior Court officials on January 24e and the Grand Jury was selected and sworn in on May 2n/aaccording to court documents in the case (*see “Exhibit A,” which is the request filed by the Fulton County Attorney with the Chief Justice of the Superior Court).
In a statement from Congressman Hice’s office following the decision, a spokesperson said, “At this time, Mr. Hice is eager to return to Washington, D.C. to perform his duties as a congressman while the House of Representatives is in session this week.”