Report: Fulton County Indictment Announcement this Summer

April 24, 2023

Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis said Monday when she would announce if former President Trump or his allies will be charged in her investigation of the state’s 2020 Presidential election.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Willis said in a letter to law enforcement that she planned to make that announcement between July 11 and September 1. 

The letter states that she asked authorities to be ready for “heightened security and preparedness” because her announcement “may provoke a significant public reaction.”

In January, Willis told Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney decisions on whether she’d bring criminal charges were “imminent.”

The next month, the special grand jury in the case released a six-page, partial report into its investigation. Among its findings, the grand jury said it found “widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election”—rejecting arguments made by Trump and his supporters.

In her prosecution of Trump and his allies, Willis reportedly focused on several areas: phone calls made to Georgia officials by Trump and his allies; false statements made by Trump associates before Georgia legislative committees; a panel of 16 Republicans who signed a certificate falsely stating that Trump had won the state and that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors; the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta in January 2021; alleged attempts to pressure a Fulton County election worker; and breaches of election equipment in a rural south Georgia county.

The latest details in the Fulton County investigation comes after Trump was arrested and arraigned in Manhattan on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and conspiracy related to the hush money case, to which the former President has pleaded “not guilty.”

That indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was unprecedented against a former U.S. President. 

In breaking precedent, Bragg may have opened the door to future indictments, including potentially by Willis in Fulton County as well as by the federal government in a separate investigation into Trump’s role in attempts to overturn the 2020 Presidential election including, on the federal level, the deadly insurrection upon the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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