Legal Spotlight: Georgia Grand Jury Set to Deliberate Trump Election Inquiry Next Week
Legal Spotlight: Georgia Grand Jury Set to Deliberate Trump Election Inquiry Next Week

washington: Next week, a prosecutor in Georgia who is looking into whether Donald Trump and his allies attempted to rig the state's 2020 election results will ask a grand jury to indict them.

The most concrete proof yet that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will present her case to the jury after more than two years of investigation came from two witnesses who had previously been served subpoenas on Saturday.

Former lieutenant governor of the state Geoff Duncan informed CNN that he would be called to testify on Tuesday.

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Duncan, a Republican who has criticised Trump's false conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 election, said: "I'll certainly answer whatever questions are put in front of me."

George Chidi, an independent journalist, claimed in a post on X, the platform that replaced Twitter, that he had also received instructions to appear on Tuesday.

On Saturday, a request for comment was not immediately answered by a representative of Willis' office. The county courthouse has recently seen an increase in security measures, and she has already said she will file charges by the end of next week.

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If Trump is charged in Georgia, it would be his second indictment resulting from his efforts to overturn Joe Biden's 2020 victory and his fourth overall in less than five months. He was accused of leading a multistate conspiracy to overturn the election results earlier this month in Washington federal court.

Trump has also been charged separately in Florida with illegally keeping classified documents after leaving office and with obstructing justice by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who also brought the Washington case.

Meanwhile, Manhattan prosecutors charged Trump this spring with falsifying business records to hide payments of hush money to a porn star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with him in the past.

Despite his legal issues, Trump continues to be the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. He has claimed that the investigations are all a part of a deliberate campaign by Democrats to discredit him.
In a post on his Truth Social website on Saturday, Trump once more referred to the Georgia investigation as a "witch hunt."

Willis is anticipated to file charges against numerous individuals, perhaps utilising the state's broad racketeering statute. Soon after Trump called the state's top election official, Republican Brad Raffensperger, and pleaded with him to "find" enough votes to change the result, her investigation got underway.

Willis has investigated a hack of voting machines in a rural county and a scheme to use fake electors in an effort to win the state's electoral votes for Trump rather than Biden in addition to efforts to pressure Georgia officials. Journalist Chidi has written about stumbling upon a meeting of those electors in secret at the statehouse in December 2020.

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Former state Senate president Duncan publicly criticised Republican lawmakers and Trump allies for spreading the untrue claim that the election was tainted by fraud.

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