Trump Appeals to Courts to Quash Report as Grand Jury Nears Potential Charges

Trump Appeals to Courts to Bar Potential Charges in Georgia Election Case

Former President Donald Trump is seeking to prevent the release of a report that could lead to charges against him related to efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results. Trump’s attorneys have filed appeals to the Superior Court of Fulton County and Georgia’s Supreme Court, urging them to quash the report produced by a special purpose grand jury. The report concluded an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Trump and his allies and includes recommendations for potential charges.

In addition to blocking the report, Trump’s attorneys are also demanding that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis be disqualified from any case brought against the former president. The potential indictment decision is expected to be made between July 31 and Aug. 18, according to Willis. Trump’s legal team argues that the report and the investigative process were without authority and that any indictment would be based on flawed findings.

The special purpose grand jury, which was empaneled in 2022, conducted a six-month investigation that involved interviewing 75 witnesses. The grand jury had the power to issue subpoenas, compile a report, and recommend charges. However, its findings must be presented to a regular grand jury before any indictment can be made.

This is not the first attempt by Trump’s attorneys to quash the report. They initially filed in March, arguing that the special purpose grand jury’s process was confusing, flawed, and unconstitutional. The district attorney’s office responded in May, calling Trump’s efforts procedurally flawed and lacking merit. The presiding judge, Robert McBurney, has not yet ruled on the motion to quash.

Trump’s legal team points to the lack of a decision by Judge McBurney as evidence of procedural anomalies and political bias against the former president. The investigation started in January 2021, after the release of a recorded phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. In the call, Trump urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the election results.

Trump, who is running for president again, denies any wrongdoing and has defended the Raffensperger call as “perfect.” He has accused Willis, a Democrat, of political bias. Trump is also facing charges in separate cases in New York and federal court, where he has pleaded not guilty.

The appeals filed by Trump’s attorneys will determine whether the report from the special purpose grand jury will be made public and whether charges will be brought against the former president. The decisions from the courts could have significant implications for Trump’s legal battles and his future political aspirations.