Trump’s bid to overturn Georgia’s grand jury probe votes on proposed charges

Trump’s bid to overturn Georgia’s grand jury probe votes on proposed charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The foreperson of the Georgia grand jury investigating former U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state told media on Tuesday that the panel had recommended multiple criminal charges.

Emily Kohrs, the foreperson of the recently concluded Fulton County, Georgia, special grand jury, did not discuss the grand jury’s specific charges in interviews with outlets including CNN and the New York Times.

“There might be some names on that list that you wouldn’t expect. But the big name that everybody asks me about — I don’t think you’d be surprised,” Kohrs told CNN.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach Kohrs.

A Georgia judge last week ordered the release of portions of the special grand jury’s final report, which concluded that some witnesses may have lied under oath and provided recommendations to prosecutors about possible charges for election interference, the document showed.

A special grand jury did not have the power to issue an indictment. To do so, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis must seek approval of a regular grand jury.

Willis opened the special grand jury investigation after Trump made a January 2021 phone call to a state official to overturn Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump continues to falsely insist that the 2020 election was stolen from him through massive vote fraud. He has denied wrongdoing and accused Democrat Willis of targeting him for political reasons.

Trump called Georgia’s top election official, Brad Raffensperger, on January 2, 2021, and falsely claimed that the election results were fraudulent. A recording of the call has been leaked.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than we did, because we won the state,” Trump said, adding that Biden won by 11,779 votes.

Four days later, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.

Willis also tested a plan in which a slate of alternate electors falsely insisted that Trump had won Georgia in a failed attempt to give him the state’s electoral votes instead of Biden.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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