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The Real Legal Problem Donald Trump Can’t Shake

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Can Any Grand Jury Ever Be Fair To Donald Trump? When Fulton County grand jury foreperson Emily Kohrs appeared on MSNBC to discuss her involvement in investigations into allegations that former President Donald Trump illegally meddled in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia, she sparked furor online. 

That Grand Jury Foreperson…

Conservatives immediately noticed her excited temperament, her gleeful and ecstatic faces, and her inability to hide her enthusiasm about the possibility of putting former President Donald Trump behind bars. 

Smiling and smirking throughout, Kohrs told MSNBC – and several other major news outlets – about her experience sitting on the grand jury.

Kohrs also caused controversy when she appeared to suggest that the former president had been recommended for criminal charges, despite the fact that the jury does not have the power to indict. 

Kohrs’ opinion of the former president was also made clear in an interview with CNN, when she said that she would be “sad” if the district attorney decides not to bring charges against the former president. 

It wasn’t just conservatives who recognized her behavior as a problem, though.

Even left-wing news anchors and journalists expressed outrage – or, perhaps more accurately, concern – about the obvious display of political bias. 

MSNBC’s own Charlie Sykes said on Twitter that Kohrs “should not be on television.”

“She should not be doing this. There is no upside,” Sykes said.

Sykes’ concern was shared by progressive Joy Behar, a co-host of “The View.” Behar, however, made it clear that her concern was less about bias infecting the justice system and more about ensuring that Donald Trump is sent to prison. Behar specifically said that her behavior could “destroy this case.”

Conservatives and progressives may well agree that Kohr should never have been allowed on television, but not for the same reasons. Kohrs’ comments, after all, represent a huge problem – specifically, the question of whether a grand jury can ever truly treat the former president fairly after seven years of mainstream media outlets propagating conspiracy theories about the Trump administration, from the proven Russia hoax to claims that Trump would start a nuclear war

Donald Trump Sends the Lawyers

Trump’s lawyers are already on the case, no doubt to Behar’s disappointment, arguing that revelations from Kohrs’ interviews prove that the entire investigation lacks credibility.

Jennifer Little and Drew Findling, Trump’s lawyers defending him in Georgia against claims he illegally attempted to meddle in the election, said that Kohrs’ words confirm concerns they have long had about the grand jury’s proceedings.

“The end product is, the reliability of anything that has taken place in there is completely tainted and called into question,” Findling said this week, adding that Kohrs herself is not the problem.

“She’s a product of a circus that cloaked itself as a special purpose grand jury,” Findling also said.

Whether the investigation was biased from the start or not is one question Trump’s lawyers believe they know the answer to, but the question of whether any grand jury can ever truly be unbiased against a president adored by half of the U.S. population and hated by the other is much more difficult to answer.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.