Judge to Consider Release of Grand Jury Report on Trump’s Georgia Election Investigation

A judge is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday to consider whether to release a report from a special Georgia grand jury that conducted a criminal investigation into whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to illegally interfere with the 2020 election results.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney will determine whether to publish the report after hearing arguments from the district attorney’s office, news organizations and potential attorneys representing witnesses in the grand jury investigation. .

Lawyers representing Trump in the grand jury investigation told NBC News they “will not be present or participate” in Tuesday’s hearing. They claimed that Trump was never subpoenaed or asked to voluntarily testify before the special grand jury.

In their statement, Trump’s lawyers do not mention any intention to fight the release of the report.

“Therefore, we can assume that the grand jury did its job and analyzed the facts and the law, as we have, and concluded that President Trump did not violate the law,” they said.

McBurney said in a ruling this month that the special grand jury has completed its final report and submitted it to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office. The judge did not indicate what the findings were, but the report is expected to include recommendations on possible criminal prosecution.

The special grand jury, which previously recommended that its report be made public, does not have the power to issue indictments. Willis will determine whether to present evidence before a grand jury for the criminal charges.

Willis convened the special grand jury last year because it has the authority to issue subpoenas for witness testimony. The panel has heard testimony from several figures in Trump’s inner circle, including attorney Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C. Top Georgie officials, including Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, whom Trump and his allies tried to pressure to overturn the 2020 election results, also testified.

Willis opened the investigation in early 2021 after a recording surfaced of a phone call in January of that year between Trump and Raffensperger. The then-president told Raffensperger that he could “find” the votes needed to undo Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. “All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said on the call.

In a post on his social media platform Tuesday, Trump repeated his repeated claim that the call was “PERFECT, nothing was done or said wrong.”

dareh gregorian Y Alexander Blayne contributed.

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