Grand Jury in Georgia Concludes No Widespread Fraud in 2020 Election
On Thursday, a federal judge in Georgia released portions of a report compiled by a special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies tampered in the state’s 2020 presidential election. The material released didn’t include many details, but the grand jury did come to a consequential conclusion: no widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning the election.
The partial release includes the report’s introduction, conclusion, and Section VIII, in which the grand jury expresses its concerns that some witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony. The grand jury recommended that the district attorney seek appropriate indictments for such crimes where the evidence is compelling.
The purpose of the inquiry is to ascertain whether Donald Trump and his cohorts breached Georgia state law in their attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump infamously called the Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, and requested that he “find 11,780 votes” to tilt the 2020 statewide election in his favor.
The probe started with Trump's call to Brad Raffensperger and has since widened to include allegations a group of 16 Republicans plotted to send fake Georgia electors to falsely declare Trump the winner in a number of key states in 2020, as well as claims of intimidation of election workers.
Willis has informed Rudy Giuliani that he is under investigation, as he played a major part in the dissemination of false information about the election in Georgia and other places. Those who were involved in the failed effort in Georgia to submit falsified presidential electors to Congress are allegedly among the other intended targets.
An inquiry into whether Donald Trump and his associates interfered in Fulton County's presidential election of 2020 has been launched by District Attorney Fani Willis. In January of last year, Willis was allowed to empanel a specific grand jury with the authority to issue subpoenas to assist in the criminal investigation. The grand jury has since subpoenaed a slew of Trump World figures, including Giuliani, Sen. Lindsey Graham, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. 75 witnesses were called to testify before the grand jury.
Willis is under no compulsion to follow the grand jury's suggestions. If she does elect to proceed, the prosecutor would likely present a case to one of the county's two regular grand juries to seek indictments. During a hearing last month on whether to publicly release the report, Willis said charging decisions were “imminent.
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