The work of the special grand jury in the Atlanta area that was examining whether or not former President Donald Trump and his allies violated the law in their efforts to change the results of the 2020 election has been completed, according to a newly filed court document. This grand jury was investigating whether or not Trump and his allies committed legal violations in their efforts to change the results of the election.
Judge Robert McBurney, who has been supervising the investigation being carried out by the Fulton County special grand jury, wrote in Monday’s brief court order: “Given the special purpose grand jury’s delivery of its final report, the undersigned’s recommendation, and the vote of the Superior Court bench, it is the ORDER of this court that the special grand jury now stands DISSOLVED.”
McBurney has been serving as the investigation’s supervisor while it’s being carried out by the special grand jury in Fulton County. In the state of Georgia, special grand juries do not have the power to indict someone for a crime. However, the panel will give a final report that will serve as the vehicle for the special grand jury to recommend to the District Attorney of Fulton County, Fani Willis, whether or not she should seek an indictment in connection with her investigation of election meddling.
Willis might then make his case before a grand jury, which is a group of people who meet regularly in order to bring criminal charges against individuals.
Willis has already put in over a year’s worth of work examining Trump and others associated with him. She began her investigation at the beginning of 2021, not long after a call from January that took place in which Trump put pressure on the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes necessary for Trump to win the Peach State in the presidential election was made public.
During this call, Trump demanded that Raffensperger “find” the votes that would allow Trump to win the Peach State. Willis has already invested over a year and a half into researching Trump and the people associated with him.
Her investigation has since expanded beyond the scope of that initial call to include false allegations of election fraud made to state lawmakers, a scheme involving fake electors, attempts by unauthorized individuals to access voting machines in one Georgia county, and threats and harassment made against election workers. Her investigation has also expanded to include a scheme involving fake electors.
At the hearing that will be presided over by McBurney on January 24, the office of the Fulton County District Attorney, along with other parties who have an interest in the matter, will discuss whether or not the report of the special grand jury should be made available to the general public. According to McBurney, the recommendations made by the findings of the special purpose grand jury were for the completion of the report to be made public.
In May of 2022, a special grand jury that had the power to issue subpoenas to witnesses was assembled. The grand jury was looking into a case that involved a murder. The committee had a total of 26 members, 23 of whom served regularly, and 3 serving as alternates.
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