The office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia has notified at least two witnesses to appear before a grand jury next week. This grand jury is investigating Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results in the state, which suggests that indictments may be issued soon. Prosecutors will begin presenting the case to the jurors early next week.
One of the witnesses summoned is former Republican Lt Governor Geoff Duncan, who has been requested to appear on Tuesday, August 15. He stated that he will be present to recount the facts and answer any questions put forth by the grand jury. Journalist George Chidi has also announced that he is preparing to testify on Tuesday.
This investigation has been ongoing for the past two years and is the result of Donald Trump’s pressure campaign targeting state officials to reject the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. The investigation was initiated after news broke of Trump’s call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where he urged him to find “11,870 votes” to secure a victory over Joe Biden.
A special grand jury had previously heard testimonies from 75 witnesses, including aides and former attorneys to Trump. Their report, which was concluded in January, made recommendations for state prosecutors to bring charges. These recommendations will now be reviewed by the newly impaneled grand jury.
This is one of several investigations that Trump is currently facing. He has already been charged with three criminal conspiracies and obstruction in a federal case stemming from the US Department of Justice special counsel probe into his attempts to subvert the election outcome.
Fani Willis’s office has previously sent letters warning several individuals, such as Rudy Giuliani and a group of “alternate” electors loyal to Trump, that they could face charges in this case. It is possible that Ms. Willis may be considering a wider set of charges, as she has a history of bringing charges against numerous other individuals using the state’s anti-racketeering RICO statute.
A grand jury was recently sworn in to hear the case, and they have been convening on Mondays and Tuesdays. After the case is presented, the grand jury members will deliberate and decide whether to issue an indictment or not. If an indictment is issued, it will be presented in open court.
Trump has continuously denied any wrongdoing and has characterized the charges against him as politically motivated “witch hunts.” He has also criticized the Democratic elected prosecutors in Atlanta and New York City, both of whom are Black, as “racist.”
As news of the upcoming grand jury testimony broke, Trump made an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in his pursuit of the 2024 Republican nomination for president. He falsely claimed that he received “millions and millions” of more votes than Biden in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, he must comply with a federal court-ordered protective order that prohibits him from sharing sensitive materials related to the case.
In relation to compliance with the order, Trump stated that he will have to take a look at it. When asked if he intended to overturn the 2020 election, he responded, “you know the answer.”