Donald Trump and those close to him have made it very clear that he’s sincerely concerned about the outcome if the District Attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, moved forward with impaneling a special grand jury to consider criminal charges for his efforts at election interference. Well, his fears are realized: the request for a grand jury has been approved and a timeline for its work has been established.
According to the Washington Post, Fulton County Superior Court judges have now officially approved District Attorney Fani Willis’ request for a special grand jury. Willis will have until May 2nd to continue her own investigation, and will be allowed on that date to seat a grand jury that will be able to compel testimony from a “significant number of witnesses and prospective witnesses” who have refused to cooperate with the investigation thus far.
The special grand jury will have up to 12 months to complete its work and make an official recommendation about whether to criminally charge Trump over the phone call he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election outcome.
In a statement last week, released through his spokesperson Liz Harrington, Trump complained and attacked the investigation, insisting that he should be given a pass and purported ballot harvesting should be investigated instead.
President Donald J. Trump:
"My phone call to the Secretary of State of Georgia was perfect, perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian President, if that’s possible. I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both… pic.twitter.com/TCMZnzkX5L
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 20, 2022
“I didn’t say anything wrong in the call, made while I was President on behalf of the United States of America, to look into the massive voter fraud which took place in Georgia…What this Civil Special Grand Jury should be looking into is not my perfect phone call, but the large scale voter fraud that took place in Georgia. Then they would be doing a great job for the people. No more political witch hunts!”
Despite Trump’s continued promotion of his Big Lie, no evidence thus far has been produced to support his claims of widespread election fraud.
Last week, CNN‘s Jim Accosta also reported that he had spoken to an unnamed Trump advisor who had affirmed that the former president is “very much” concerned about this (then-potential) grand jury and what it could uncover.
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