Fulton County DA “Prosecutorial Decisions Are Imminent”
Trump and perhaps a dozen of his lawyers, cronies, and supporters involved in his attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia have to be concerned about being indicted after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the state prosecutor in Atlanta leading the investigation, said prosecutorial decisions are imminent.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, the state prosecutor in Atlanta leading the investigation, urged Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who has the power to release the special grand jury report that summarizes its findings, would undermine her office’s investigation.
DA Willis also said …
“We think, for future defendants to be treated fairly, it’s not appropriate at this time to have this report released.”
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who oversaw the Special Grand Jury, held a hearing today and heard arguments over whether to publicly release the findings of a special grand jury that has completed an investigation of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn 2020 election in Georgia.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said prosecutorial decisions are imminent and urged the judge to hold off on publicly releasing a report by the special grand jury that summarizes its findings. She said public disclosure at this time would undermine her office’s investigation.
Donald Wakeford, a lawyer in Ms. Willis’s office who handled most of the oral argument, said the report should be made public after Ms. Willis has announced her charging decisions.
During the hearing, an attorney for a coalition of media companies argued for immediate disclosure of the entire report. Thomas Clyde, the lawyer for the media companies, at the hearing. Insisting…
“The faith of the public in the court system is much improved by operating in a public way,”
Judge McBurney decided that he wouldn’t issue an oral ruling immediately and that he could provide a written decision that put the parties on notice of his plans.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Clark Cunningham, a Georgia State University College of Law professor who has followed the investigation, said after the hearing.…
“Based on comments made at Tuesday’s hearing, it appears that the report includes names of people who were recommended for prosecution.”
Mr. Cunningham also reportedly said …
“DA Willis’s main argument against release of the report now is that doing so might give future defendants a basis to argue they had been prejudiced.”
Bottom line: It appears that Willis will be asking a new grand jury for indictments, and Trump is facing the prospect of being the first former President of the United States to be indicted on criminal felony charges.