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| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Georgia grand jury report on Trump election interference to be released Friday

Weeks after the former U.S. president and 18 associates were charged, the special grand jury’s final report into Donald Trump’s attempts to rig Georgia’s 2020 presidential election is scheduled to be made public.

The grand jury’s recommendations to the prosecutors on who to charge are included in the report, which has been kept under wraps for nine months. The evidence could reveal if the jury thought any other Trump supporters should have been indicted in addition to those who are already charged.

The special grand jury was convened in 2021 at the request of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to aid in her investigation. Over the course of several months, the jurors subpoenaed testimony from 75 witnesses, including Trump allies such as Rudy Giuliani and Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and top Georgia officials such as Governor Brian Kemp.

The special grand jury did not have the power to issue charges. But Willis used the evidence it gathered to seek an indictment from a regular grand jury last month, which accused Trump and his co-defendants of overseeing a wide-ranging conspiracy to sabotage Democrat Joe Biden’s statewide victory.

The indictment listed 30 unindicted co-conspirators, who have not been charged but allegedly played a role in the scheme.

All 19 defendants have pleaded not guilty. As with his three other criminal prosecutions, Trump has denied any wrongdoing and said he is the victim of political persecution.

Despite his legal troubles, he remains the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination next year.

The grand jury report had stayed secret at Willis’s request while she determined what charges to bring. Now the indictment has come down, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McNurney wrote in an order last week, there is no longer any reason to keep it from the public.

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  • Reuters