Now it’s time to take the next step, indicting Trump. But here’s the deal so far. After a year and a half of one investigation after the next, then a special grand jury, which was toothless because it wasn’t empowered to actually issue any indictments, only a report to the DA, we’ve come to the end of the grand jury. Now we’re at the end of that after 6 months of delays, stupid investigations that went nowhere, and so forth, and all they can do is issue a report to the DA with their recommendation, nothing more.
So, if they do go forward then it’s another grand jury and another 6-12 months of calling witnesses and gathering information before any indictments could be forthcoming. In my opinion its just a smokescreen, all in the manner of Georgia saying they are in fact doing something when they really are doing nothing.
In fact they are doing nothing but putting on a show that people can have hope for, but when the show ends it will be oh well, so sorry you had hope, but we just couldn’t get to an indictment because ya know, the tapes just didn’t really come out and say anything criminal.
Nothing will come of this stupid investigation and this even dumber special grand jury. If they were going to indict Trump they could haver done it one week after the crime occurred, not two years or more later.
The special grand grand jury in Atlanta that has been investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies committed any crimes while trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia has finished its work.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who was overseeing the panel, issued an order Monday dissolving the special grand jury. The order says the grand jurors completed a final report and that a majority of the county’s superior court judges voted to dissolve the special grand jury.
The end of the special grand jury moves the investigation one step closer to possible criminal charges against Trump and others.
Over the course of about six months, the special grand jury has heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, including numerous close Trump associates and assorted high-ranking Georgia state officials. The case is among several around the country that threaten legal peril for the former president as he seeks a second term in 2024.
Georgia law says that grand juries are “authorized to recommend to the court the publication of the whole or any part of their general presentments and to prescribe the manner of publication” and that the judge must follow that recommendation. The special grand jury voted to recommend that its report be published, McBurney wrote in his order.
“Unresolved is the question of whether the special purpose grand jury’s final report constitutes a presentment,” the judge wrote, adding that he will hold a hearing on Jan. 24 on that issue. He said the district attorney’s office and news outlets will be given a chance to make arguments at that hearing.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened the investigation in early 2021, shortly after a recording surfaced of a phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that call, the president suggested the state’s top elections official could “find” the votes needed to overturn Trump’s loss in the state.
Since then it has become clear that Willis is focusing on several different areas: phone calls made to Georgia officials by Trump and his allies; false statements made by Trump associates before Georgia legislative committees; a panel of 16 Republicans who signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won the state and that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors; the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta in January 2021; alleged attempts to pressure a Fulton County election worker; and breaches of election equipment in a rural south Georgia county.
Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and Trump attorney, confirmed before he was questioned by the special grand jury in August that they were told he faces possible criminal charges. The 16 Republican fake electors have also been told they are targets of the investigation, according to public court filings. It is possible that others have also been notified they are targets of the investigation.
Trump and his allies have consistently denied any wrongdoing, with the former president repeatedly describing his call with Raffensperger as “perfect” and dismissing Willis’ investigation as a “strictly political Witch Hunt!”