Jury in Georgia Trump Inquiry Recommended Multiple Indictments, Forewoman Says - The New York Times
Category: News & PoliticsVia: jbb • one month ago • 26 comments
By: Danny Hakim (nytimes)
She would not discuss specific indictments in the special grand jury's report but noted that its recommendations are "not going to be some giant plot twist."
An audio recording of former President Donald Trump talking to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was played in October during a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.Credit...Alex Wong/Getty Images
By Danny Hakim
Feb. 21, 2023, 2:20 p.m. ET
A special grand jury that investigated election interference by former President Donald J. Trump and his allies in Georgia recommended indictments of multiple people on a range of charges in its report, most of which remains sealed, the forewoman of the jury said in an interview today.
"It is not a short list," the forewoman, Emily Kohrs, said, adding that the jury had appended eight pages of legal code "that we cited at various points in the report."
She declined to discuss who specifically the special grand jury recommended for indictment, since the judge handling the case decided to keep those details secret when he made public a few sections of the report last week. But seven sections that are still under wraps deal with indictment recommendations, Ms. Kohrs said.
Asked whether the jurors had recommended indicting Mr. Trump, Ms. Kohrs gave a cryptic answer: "You're not going to be shocked. It's not rocket science," adding "you won't be too surprised."
The investigation in Atlanta has been seen as one of the most significant legal threats to Mr. Trump as he begins another run for the presidency. In November, the Justice Department named a special counsel, Jack Smith, to oversee two Trump-related criminal investigations. And last month, the Manhattan district attorney's office began presenting evidence to a grand jury on whether Mr. Trump paid hush money to a porn star during his 2016 presidential campaign, laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges against the former president in the coming months.
A focal point of the Atlanta inquiry is a call that Mr. Trump made on Jan. 2, 2021, to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, in which he pressed Mr. Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to recalculate the results and "find" 11,780 votes, or enough to overturn his loss in the state.
"We definitely started with the first phone call, the call to Secretary Raffensperger that was so publicized," said Ms. Kohrs, whom The Associated Press first named and spoke with on Tuesday about the election meddling investigation.
"I will tell you that if the judge releases the recommendations, it is not going to be some giant plot twist," she added. "You probably have a fair idea of what may be in there. I'm trying very hard to say that delicately."
The special grand jury met for nearly seven months in a courthouse in downtown Atlanta and heard testimony from 70 witnesses. Mr. Trump was not among them, and his lawyers have said he did nothing wrong.
Special grand juries in Georgia do not have indictment powers; the ultimate charging decisions will be up to Fani T. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Ga., who has led the investigation.
This is a developing story.
Well we will just have to wait and see who if any are indicted out of this. But it seems to me this person is skating on the edge. It was my understanding that members of a grand jury in Georgia are not allowed to ever talk about what happened / occurred on the grand jury.
any day now, that's all we have heard for the last 6 years, We really, really, really have him this time.
I actually believe you are correct this time.
Freedom from sanity.
fuck.. I just threw up a little in my mouth.... damn.....
I could support a DeSantis / Haley ticket but not Trump. Sorry but just cannot support him anymore.
Agree totally. The meme was a response to another stupid meme. One stupid meme deserves another.
phuuu, thanks. Had me worried for a second.
Have you ever heard of "where there's smoke there's fire?". He is being investigated across a dozen fronts and on separate topics, and you still cling to his "innocence". It really is amazing.
You mean they haven't been trying to go after him yet?
You don't remember? Every time they tried they failed. This is just rehashing one of their failed attempts.
They are at the point of "if at first you don't succeed, just make shit up".
Have you ever heard of "put up or shut up"? The left has been trying to put him in jail for more than 6 years now. At what point do they give up and move on with their lives?
They started with making shit up. And all their own investigations show it.
Prosecutor here is definitely showing courage said no one ever.
So other than political cover for someone who doesn't have the stones to do the right thing, What is the point of this Grand Jury?
yeah, it's really a case of wait and see what if anything comes out of this grand jury. I said it before, I still think the strongest case against Trump could be obstruction of justice for the classified documents scandal. But we shall see eventually... I heard earlier when the portion of the report was first released that it appeared there could have been some witnesses who may have lied under oath but from what was released there was nothing illegal against Trump.
America never peosecuted a former POTUS.
In Trump's case there is no other alternative!
Let me just say I don't really care if he's a former POTUS or not, if he's done something illegal then prosecute him.
But from your statement it's almost like you're giving yourself an out if they don't indict and prosecute. America has also never prosecuted a sitting POTUS but the ability is there. A sitting president is not shielded from the judicial process.
Up to me Trump would be in exile on Elba!
Why? So he could escape, raise up a new MAGA army and take on the world again like Napoleon? These one-liner cutesy sayings just aren't cutting it here.
Perhaps you’ve never been to Elba. I could be very happy living the rest of my life on this beautiful, Italian Island. Of course it’s not OK or the Bronx, but quite pleasant.
Fani T. Willis somehow got elected to be the DA of Fulton County Georgia.
Her father was a member of the Black Panthers and became a criminal defense attorney.