Wednesday 12 July 2023

New Georgia Grand Jury Sworn In To Consider Criminal Charges Against Trump

 The grand jury in Georgia that will decide whether to indict former President Donald Trump and his allies on criminal charges related to their efforts to overturn the 2020 election was officially sworn in Tuesday afternoon.

The members of the new grand jury were picked over the course of a three-hour selection process in front of Judge Robert McBurney in Atlanta, according to ABC News.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has reportedly indicated in letters to local law enforcement officials that indictments in the case could happen between July 31st and August 18th, according to CBS News.

More than half of the so-called Georgia Republican “fake electors” who convened to declare Donald Trump the winner of the state in the 2020 presidential election have accepted immunity deals from Fulton County prosecutors.

A new court filing on Friday stated that Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D) extended “actual immunity offers to eight” of the 16 alternate electors represented by attorney Kimberly Debrow, guaranteeing that they “will not be charged with crimes if they testify truthfully,” The Washington Post reported.

The New York Times reported that one additional elector represented by a different attorney also had an immunity deal already in place.

If Trump is indicted in the case, it will be the third criminal case that he faces charges in after he was charged earlier this year by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over alleged hush money that was paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels. The case out of New York has been widely criticized, including by the political Left, as being weak and politically-motivated.

The most serious case that Trump faces criminal charges in involves his retention of classified national defense documents that were recovered during an FBI raid last August after the former president repeatedly refused to hand over all the documents that federal officials sought back from him. He was not charged over any of the documents that he did return, meaning that he likely would not have been charged if he had simply returned all of the requested documents.

The former president also faces potential federal criminal charges in a separate investigation over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump has maintained that he is innocent in all four instances.

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