DECISION TIME: Georgia Grand Jury investigating Trump is finished. Now what?
The Fulton County, Georgia Special Grand Jury impaneled to investigate potential election interference by then-president Donald Trump and those around him has completed their inquiry and is being dissolved.
There are two more important steps: an official decision regarding the release of their findings, and the decision on whether to move forward with indictments.
The Grand Jury voted to release their findings, but the final decision will come after a hearing on January 24th, scheduled in a filing by Judge Robert C. McBurney.
Interested parties will have the opportunity to argue against the decision to make the findings public.
The panel has made clear that there is a list of individuals who could potentially face indictments, including people involved in the fake elector scheme and some in Trump’s circle, such as Rudy Giuliani.
However, the Special Grand Jury doesn’t have the power to pursue an indictment, only to make a recommendation.
It’s up to District Attorney Fani Willis to make the next step, which would be to request that a regular Grand Jury approve indictments.
The timeline for that decision is murkier, but could happen before the end of the month.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
“The group questioned many of the state’s top elected officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, Attorney General Chris Carr, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the late House Speaker David Ralston, as well as dozens of others. It also successfully fought for testimony from some of Trump’s top confidantes, such as his former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.”
While the District Attorney’s office isn’t currently making public statements, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti weighed in, opining that he believes D.A. Willis is “gearing up to indict Donald Trump.”
“DOJ has more resources and the Mar-a-Lago documents case appears to be stronger. But it looks like any DOJ prosecution will likely be proceeding *after* the Fulton County case.”
The investigation, which broadened to several of the alleged efforts by Trump and allies to alter the outcome of the 2020 election, began after the revelation that the then-president had contacted Raffensperger and urged him to “find” enough votes to flip the state’s election outcome.
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Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.