Ann Turner
August 13, 2023

Fulton Jury Set to Deliberate on Trump's Election Interference Case

A Fulton County, Georgia grand jury is scheduled to review the 2020 election interference allegations against former President Donald Trump and his associates this week.

District Attorney Fani Willis is gearing up to present her case, and the process is expected to commence early in the week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and independent journalist George Chidi have both confirmed their notices to testify on Tuesday.

Public Awaits Indictment News

The unfolding events suggest that by Tuesday evening, the public might be informed about any indictments against the former president and others. Willis' presentation to the grand jurors is anticipated to start on Monday.

Chidi shared on Twitter that he was contacted by the D.A.’s office for a testimony before the grand jury. CNN initially reported about Duncan's scheduled appearance, which was later validated by the Journal-Constitution.

Former Democratic state Sen. Jen Jordan, who received a subpoena, has yet to comment. Similarly, former state Rep. Bee Nguyen, who was informed of a potential call-up, chose not to comment.

Witnesses Bring Varied Perspectives

Both Jordan and Nguyen, who campaigned for statewide office the previous year, had previously countered the conspiracy theories promoted by Trump’s allies. They did so after hearing misleading testimonies from Trump's then-attorney, Rudy Giuliani, during state legislative sessions in late 2020.

Chidi had inadvertently discovered a gathering of counterfeit Republican electors at the state Capitol. This was part of an endeavor by Trump’s allies in Georgia to challenge President Joe Biden’s slim 2020 victory.

Duncan, once a Trump supporter, had publicly distanced himself from the then-president in 2020. He has since been a vocal critic of the “stop the steal” movement that gained traction among GOP members.

Duncan's Anticipation for the Grand Jury

As the president of the state Senate, Duncan had previously taken actions against certain lawmakers who supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the election results. He expressed his eagerness to address the grand jury, stating, “I look forward to answering their questions around the 2020 election. Republicans should never let honesty be mistaken for weakness.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was at the receiving end of Trump’s controversial request to “find” the exact number of votes to beat Biden, mentioned he hasn't been in touch with Willis’ office lately.

Trump's Response to the Investigation

Willis has been considering racketeering charges against Trump and many of his associates for their attempts to reverse Georgia’s election outcomes between November of 2020 and January of 2021. Trump, on his social media platform, has been trying to undermine confidence in Willis’ investigation. He labeled the Fulton County district attorney as “racist” and dismissed her investigation as a misuse of resources.

He has consistently criticized Willis and other prosecutors who are investigating his efforts to challenge the election. He perceives these investigations as politically driven endeavors intended to favor President Joe Biden.

Potential Indictment Subjects

Several incidents might be the focus of potential indictments. These include Trump’s phone calls to Raffensperger and other Georgia officials, the recruitment of alternate electors, false testimony about election fraud in Georgia by Giuliani and others, the alleged harassment of Fulton County poll workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, and unauthorized access to sensitive election data from Coffee County in South Georgia.

This is a rapidly evolving news story, and further updates are expected.

  • Fulton County's grand jury is set to review the election interference case against Trump and his allies.
  • Several key figures, including former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, are expected to testify.
  • DA Fani Willis has been considering racketeering charges against Trump and his associates.
  • Trump continues to criticize the investigation, labeling it as politically motivated.
  • Several incidents, including phone calls and sham ceremonies, might be the subjects of potential indictments.
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