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Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump hires new evidence expert




Michael Carlson, known as an expert on the rules of evidence, plans to join the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in the coming weeks. He is expected to work on a variety of topics, from cold cases to capital murder to public integrity investigations.

Mike Carlson

Although Carlson was not explicitly hired to work on Trump’s investigation, his experience in the rules of evidence and criminal procedure is sure to be considered a valuable complement to an office investigated by a former president.

Carlson recently worked as director of legal services and ethics officer for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He is the co-author of “Carlson on Evidence” – a book he wrote with his father, University of Georgia law professor Ronald Carlson – that offers a detailed comparison between federal rules about Georgia and federal evidence.

Carlson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

His hiring comes weeks later Willis hired John Floyd, a nationally renowned lawyer known for his deep experience in cheating cases. Floyd is expected to help the district attorney’s office in several cases with white-hearted units, gangs and public corruption, Jeff DiSantis, a Willis spokesman, told CNN.
Two people familiar with Floyd’s hiring told CNN he was not detained specifically for the investigation Trump’s post-election call with Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger.

“He was generally retained for his experience in mock-ups, not for any specific case,” DiSantis said.

Unlike Floyd, who has been hired to work only part-time in Willis ’office, Carlson is incorporated into the district attorney’s office full-time as a staff employee.

Willis opened a criminal investigation into Trump for his “attempts to influence the administration of Georgia’s 2020 general election.”

In a letter to numerous election officials in the state of Georgia, including Raffensperger, Willis asked them to keep documents related to Trump’s January phone call urging Raffensperger to “find” votes to reverse his electoral loss.

Raffensperger’s office also launched its own probe on Trump’s attempts to cancel the election, an investigation that includes a review of both that call and another call the then president made to an election official in Georgia.