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Donald Trump’s Legal Nightmare Is Just Beginning

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President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with supporters at an "An Address to Young Americans" event hosted by Students for Trump and Turning Point Action at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Georgia special grand jury likely recommended multiple indictments; is it closing in on Donald Trump? Following last week’s partial release of the report from the special grand jury investigating 2020 election interference in Georgia, one jury is speaking. This could mean trouble for Trump – or plans to prosecute him. 

Donald Trump Has Some Big Legal Challenges Looming

Last week, a judge in Georgia ordered the partial release of a report from the special grand jury looking into possible election interference in that state in 2020

That release found that the special grand jury concluded that “perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses testifying before it.”

No names were revealed, and most of the report remained unreleased. 

This week, the foreperson of that special grand jury, Emily Kohrs, gave interviews to several media budgets, including the New York Times. And the interviews seemed to provide some clues. 

Kohrs told the media, per the Times, that the special grand jury “recommended indictments for multiple people on a range of charges.”

She also said that the 7 sections of the report that remain unreleased detailed recommendations for indictments. She also told the Times that she was surprised by “how much people curse in the White House.”

She said that such topics discussed included the call by Donald Trump to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in early 2021 asking him to “find” votes, and also the fake electors’ scheme in that state. 

Kohrs also spoke to the Associated Press about her experiences on the special and jury. 

What Happens Now? 

Those do not mean that such people will actually be indicted, as special grand juries in Georgia only have the power to recommend indictments.

But when asked if the special grand jury had recommended a Trump indictment, Kohrs answered “you’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science… It is not going to be some giant plot twist.”

Elie Honig, the CNN legal analyst, said Wednesday that the news might mean trouble for Trump himself – but it’s also not a great thing for prosecution efforts that the foreperson spoke to the media. 

“It is entirely clear the grand jury has recommended a Trump indictment,” Honig said on Twitter. “The grand juror is doing no favors to prosecutors with this giddy PR romp.” He also predicted that Trump’s lawyers, in the event of the indictment, will use the foreperson’s public statements as a motion to dismiss. 

This is based on Georgia laws stating that grand jurors are to allowed to disclose deliberations. 

“A motion to dismiss is a high bar and unlikely to prevail but this is an unnecessary headache for prosecutors,” Honig added. 

The Georgia case will now hinge on Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who will decide whether to bring charges to a standard grand jury. 

Trump addressed the Georgia grand jury news on Truth Social Tuesday. 

“This is the real crime that took place in Georgia, with a Racist in Reverse D.A., who presides over the most dangerous city per capita in our Nation (by far!), Atlanta, does nothing but harass me for making two absolutely PERFECT phone calls, and for any other fake reason that the Department of Injustice in D.C. tells her to pursue,” Donald Trump said of Willis, although he didn’t not mention the special grand jury specifically.

“They are demanding silence from people from protesting, or even discussing, Election results, because that’s the place they just don’t want to get anywhere near.”

The Georgia case is one of several legal cases facing Trump as his 2024 presidential campaign ramps up.

He is also facing the special counsel investigation into both his role on January 6 and his handling of classified documents, as well as a Manhattan District Attorney’s office probe, mostly into his reported hush money payments directed to adult film performer Stormy Daniels.

Donald Trump is also being sued by the New York Attorney General’s office, although that case is a civil suit. 

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Expertise and Experience: Stephen Silver is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive. He is an award-winning journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.