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“We have cooperated before,” Mr. Raffensperger said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. “Any information they asked for, we sent it to them. And if we are required to appear before a grand jury, obviously we will follow the law and appear before a grand jury and testify.

Representatives for Mr. Trump did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday, but the former president released a statement calling his phone call with Mr. Raffensperger “perfect.” He called other investigations, including one led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, politically motivated. Fulton is Georgia’s most populous county and a Democratic stronghold, and Ms. Willis is a Democrat.

The Georgia investigation is one of several criminal, civil and congressional investigations focused on Mr. Trump. He and his allies fought in court with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The committee scored a major victory on Wednesday when the Supreme Court denied a request by Mr. Trump to block the release of the White House filings, and on Thursday the panel asked Ivanka Trump to cooperate with the investigation.

In addition to the criminal investigation led by the Manhattan District Attorney, Ms. James is leading a civil investigation into fraud in Mr. Trump’s business empire. She issued subpoenas for interviews with two of her adult children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and her office previously interviewed a third, Eric Trump.

In Atlanta, Ms. Willis said last year she would consider racketeering and other charges. An analysis released last year by the Brookings Institution that was investigated by Ms. Willis’ office concluded that Mr. Trump’s post-election conduct in Georgia had placed him “at substantial risk of possible state charges.” including racketeering, solicitation of election fraud, intentional interference with the performance of election duties, and conspiracy to commit election fraud.

“Anything related to attempted interference in the Georgia election will be subject to scrutiny,” Ms. Willis told The New York Times last year.

Ms. Willis has experience in complex racketeering cases. In 2014, as an assistant district attorney, she helped lead a racketeering case against a group of educators involved in an Atlanta public school cheating scandal.

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