Fulton County district attorney asks judge to keep the Grand Jury’s election report secret

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Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis has asked for a special grand jury report on the efforts of Donald Trump and his allies to reverse his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden as she continues to consider filing criminal charges against people involved in the schemes.

Ms Willis spoke before Judge Robert McBurney at a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether the report will be released at the request of a group of news organizations.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate at this point to treat prospective defendants fairly,” she said. Mr. Trump’s push to reverse his loss to Mr. Biden.

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In further arguments before Judge McBurney, Assistant Fulton County District Attorney Donald Wakeford said Ms. Willis’ office is “not opposed” to an “ultimate release” of the report.

“Now is not the time, but eventually we will have a better idea of ​​when the time will be and … the district attorney’s office is not opposed to the eventual release,” he said. “It’s against it at this point, and it’s against releasing it without very careful consideration in light of all the other factors involved.”

The special grand jury, which concluded its work last month, was charged with investigating Mr Trump’s attempts to overturn his 2020 election defeat to Mr Biden, including his calls to Peach State election officials and a plot to filing forged Electoral College documents with the National Archives to give then-Vice President Mike Pence a reason to hijack the Jan. 6, 2021 joint session of Congress by declaring him and Mr. Trump the winners of the election .

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The 23-member grand jury recommended that the report be made public, but because Georgia law does not allow special grand juries to issue criminal charges, Ms. Willis must revert to a regular grand jury if she decides to press charges against Trump or someone else. of his supporters.

Ms Willis, who began the investigation nearly two years ago, has said she will go where the facts lead. It would be an extraordinary move if she chooses to sue Trump herself, as no US president has ever been criminally charged in a court of law.

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As for who could be charged as a result of its investigation, the investigation sought testimony from and about numerous allies of the twice-deposed ex-president, including former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, U.S. Senator Lindsey. Graham of South Carolina, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as well as John Eastman and other lawyers who participated in Trump’s attempts to stay in power.

With additional reporting by authorities

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