April 1, 2023
Trump faces judge’s ruling in ‘find enough votes’ Georgia election interference probe

Trump faces judge’s ruling in ‘find enough votes’ Georgia election interference probe

Former President Donald Trump faces a crucial Tuesday morning hearing when a Georgia judge will determine whether to release a grand jury’s report on its probe into his 2020 election interference effort.

A report from a special investigative grand jury may recommend that Trump and others should face criminal charges in the scheme to bully state election officials into overturning President Biden’s narrow win in the Peach State.

President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington.

It could also recommend charges in his effort to create a Trump slate of so-called “fake electors” who would be pledged to Trump even though he lost the state.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney will preside over the hearing and could decide to immediately unseal the grand jury report, delay doing so or decide to keep it secret.

Whatever he decides, nothing will happen immediately to Trump or other potential targets of the probe like Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who has been aggressively investigating the case for two years, would have to make the case for indictments to a regular grand jury that could then hand up indictments in coming months.

The case burst into the public eye when Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the days before the Jan. 6 attack, demanding that he “find” just enough votes to overturn Biden’s lead of about 12,000 ballots.

Raffensperger rejected Trump’s demands, telling him that all allegations of major irregularities had been investigated and found to be baseless. He released a bombshell tape of the call.

Willis also questioned officials about Trump’s unconstitutional plot for fake electors, a scheme that pro-Trump Republicans also tried unsuccessfully in other swing states.

Trump hoped to create enough uncertainty about the validity of his loss in Georgia and other swing states to convince Congress to not certify Biden’s win.

Trump won’t be in the courtroom and his lawyers insist he has nothing to fear.

“We can assume that the grand jury did their job … and concluded there were no violations of the law by President Trump,” they said in a statement.

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