Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, has confirmed that her team has completed their investigation into the alleged attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia.
Willis has said that she will announce her decision on whether to press charges by September 1, according to CNN.
In a related legal setback for Trump, a state judge in Georgia has dismissed his request to suppress all evidence gathered by a special purpose grand jury in Atlanta last year and to expunge its report on the 2020 election. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney also ruled that he will not disqualify Willis from the investigation, Bloomberg reports.
“Guessing at what that picture might look like before the investigative dots are connected may be a popular game for the media and blogosphere, but it is not a proper role for the courts and formal legal argumentation,” said McBurney in a written statement.
The judgments made by McBurney seem to clear a path for Willis to hold Trump accountable for his efforts to reverse his defeat in the 2020 election to President Joe Biden. McBurney invalidated Trump’s alleged damages from the investigation, described as “speculative and unrealized,” thereby stripping him of the legal position to oppose the inquiry prior to any formal accusations being presented.
Willis has expressed concerns about potential security threats, stating that some people might not be pleased with her upcoming announcements and might behave in a manner that could cause damage. She has urged local officials to remain vigilant about possible security threats. Willis has shared a racist and sexualized message she received, and mentioned that similar obscene messages had been left via voicemail.
It is expected that Trump will more likely to be indicted by the Fulton County DA at the end of the summer.
The former president had called the investigations as “politically motivated” and a “witch-hunt.”
In related news, Trump’s leading political action committee, Save America, is reportedly at risk due to its significant legal expenditure. The PAC has reportedly spent $40.2 million in legal fees as Trump faces two indictments, with another potentially on the horizon, and multiple investigations.
If the PAC raised funds by falsely claiming election fraud and used it for Trump’s legal fees, it could be the basis of fraud charges, according to Andrew Weissmann, a former Department of Justice staffer. The funds obtained through such a scheme could be seized in a pre-trial forfeiture order, he warned.
Witnesses have testified to the grand jury that includes Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Trump has denied any wrong doing to all investigations.
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