The Georgia grand jury investigating Trump and the implications of the 2020 election has concluded its work


The Atlanta-area special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election has concluded its work. according to a new court filing.

“In view of the presentation of the final report by the Special Purpose Grand Jury, the recommendation of the undersigned and the vote of the Superior Court Bench, it is the ORDER of this Court that the Special Purpose Grand Jury is now RELEASED,” Judge Robert McBurney, who is oversaw the special investigation by the Fulton County grand jury, the brief court order dated Monday said.

Georgia’s special grand jury does not have the power to issue indictments. But the commission will issue a final report that serves as a mechanism for the special grand jury to recommend whether the Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis should press charges in its investigation of election interference. Willis can then go to a regularly empaneled grand jury to seek indictments.

Willis has already spent more than a year digging into Trump and his associates, starting her investigation in early 2021 soon after the January conversation in which Trump put pressure on the Georgia secretary of state became public. Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes Trump needed to win the Peach State in the presidential election.

Over time, her investigation expanded beyond that call to include false allegations of election fraud before state legislators, voter fraud, attempts by unauthorized persons to gain access to voting machines in a Georgia county, and threats and harassment of election officials. workers.

McBurney has scheduled a Jan. 24 hearing for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and others to argue whether the special grand jury report should be released. McBurney said the special purpose grand jury recommended that its final report be released.

The special grand jury — which included 23 jurors and three alternates — was set to convene in May 2022 with the power to subpoena witnesses.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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