A Grand Jury Indicts Trump and Allies in Georgia
A grand jury in Georgia delivered 10 indictments on Monday after hearing witness testimony throughout the day related to allegations that former President Donald Trump and his allies illegally attempted to overturn the 2020 election.
Charges in the Trump-related cases, brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, are widely expected to include racketeering violations.
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Several reports revealed that the grand jury had returned 10 indictments, and an NBC News producer shared a photo of the front page of them.
Willis began investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election in January 2021, and she convened a grand jury in May 2022, according to portions of the grand jury’s final report released this year.
The report, made public in February, stated the grand jury had “received evidence from or involving” 75 witnesses, including election workers, technical experts, employees of the state of Georgia, and those who claimed election fraud had occurred in the 2020 election.
Following the report’s release, grand jury forewoman Emily Kohrs went on a controversial media tour, previewing to several outlets that Willis was expected to bring charges against a long list of people, though she did not name anyone specifically. Her comments forced the judge overseeing the grand jury to clarify at the time that Georgia jurors could speak about their final report but not deliberations.
On Monday, another controversy surfaced in the case when Reuters published a document that showed numerous felonies leveled against Trump, reporting that the document had been posted on Fulton County’s website and then quickly removed.
Fulton County called the document “fictitious” in a statement and said the office would notify media of any legitimate filings in real time.
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Attorneys for Trump released a statement shortly after Fulton County disassociated with the document, suggesting it indicated a lack of due process in the case.
“A proposed indictment should only be in the hands of the District Attorney’s Office, yet it somehow made its way to the clerk’s office and was assigned a case number and a judge before the grand jury even deliberated,” attorneys Drew Findling and Jennifer Little said. “This is emblematic of the pervasive and glaring constitutional violations which have plagued this case from its very inception.”
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