Georgia grand jury suspected perjury and probe of trump election interference Reuters a special grand jury in Georgia believed that several witnesses lied under oath during its investigation of former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his 2020 presidential election defeat in the state according to excerpts from its final report.
Release on Thursday the grand jury also concluded that there was no widespread fraud in the election despite Trump's claims and delivered recommendations on indictments to prosecutors the document showed those recommendations will remain sealed for now pursuant to a judge's order Trump did not testify to the grand jury Fulton County Superior Court Judge.
Robert McBurney permitted three portions of the special Grand jury's report to be released the introduction the conclusion and a section laying out concerns that some witnesses may have lied under oath McBurney said the report included a roster of who should or should not be indicted but the judge ruled those details Hills would stay secret for now.
Out of concern that people named have not had an adequate opportunity to defend themselves Fulton County district attorney fani Willis opened an investigation shortly after Trump in January 2021 called the Georgia state official asking him to find just enough votes to declare the Republican incumbent the winner in the state rather.
Than Democrat Joe Biden Trump who has launched another run for the White House in 2024 has made false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud he has denied wrongdoing and accused Willis of targeting him for political reasons the Georgia investigation is one of several threatening Trump including separate U.S.
Justice department inquiries into his retention of classified materials after leaving office as well as his efforts to invalidate the 2020 election results the special grand jury had subpoena power which it used to secure sworn testimony from close Trump allies such as lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Republican the U.S senator Lindsey Graham as well as top.
Georgia officials including Republican Governor Brian Kemp it was not empowered to issue indictments only recommendations and the decision on whether to press charges ultimately rests with Willis the district attorney if Willis decides prosecution is warranted she would need to pursue indictments from a regular grand jury at.
A January court hearing on whether to release the report Willis said charging decisions were imminent Trump called Georgia's top election official Brad rafflesberger on January 2nd 2021 and claimed falsely that the election results were fraudulent a recording of the call was leaked I just want to find 11 780 votes which is one more than we.
Have because we won the state said Trump referring to the margin of 11 779 votes by which Biden won four days later a mob of trump supporters stormed the U.S capital and a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying Biden Victory Willis has also examined a scheme in which a slate of alternate electors falsely asserted that Trump had won.
Georgia in an unsuccessful effort to award the state's electoral votes to him rather than Biden