Georgia Judge Requires Partial Release of Trump Grand Jury Report

special Fulton County Grand Jury was created to investigate whether “then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws as they sought to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in the state.” The special Fulton County Grand Jury issued a report on its findings. In an order released Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said that “he would allow three parts of the report – the introduction, the conclusion, and section eight – to be released to the public on Thursday.”

In one of the sections ordered to be released, Judge McBurney said “the special grand jury discusses its concern that “some witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony.”” Because the jury does not identify the witnesses, as reported, McBurney said it could be part of the release.

As reported, “Over a period of roughly seven months, the special grand jury heard from 75 witnesses, including high-profile Trump allies, such as attorney Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and high-ranking Georgia officials, such as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp.”

The FOX 5 Atlanta Digital Team reported: “After nearly a year of investigation, the grand jury, which by law cannot indict anyone, voted to have their findings made public. But in court, lawyers from both sides argued over the details of when or whether any part of the report could be released at all.”

Speaking at the court in January, it has been reported that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis “asked that the report not be released, saying that “decisions are imminent” and the release of the report could impact the possibility of a fair trial for “future defendants” connected to the probe.”

McBurney acknowledged that there was “great interest” in the results and notes that the few prior special purposes grand juries did have their results disseminated. “The report is expected to include recommendations for Willis on possible criminal prosecution, though it’s unclear just how specific those recommendations will be. It will ultimately be up to Willis to decide whether to seek indictments from a regular grand jury.”

The investigation can “threaten potential legal consequences for the Republican former president as he seeks reelection in 2024.”

As alleged, “Willis began investigating shortly after a recording of a January 2021 phone call between Trump and Raffensperger became public.” Willis asserts the interpretation of that call to me that “the president suggested that the state’s top elections official, a fellow Republican, could “find” the votes needed to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.” A statement attributed to Trump is: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state.”

D & B Staff

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