Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has reaffirmed her commitment to revealing charging decisions by September 1 in her investigation into attempts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.
Willis: ‘My Work Is Done’ on Donald Trump
“Our ork is completed. We’ve dedicated two-and-a-half years to this endeavor, and we are now prepared,” Willis told local media.
Willis had previously indicated the possibility of announcing charging decisions in early August through a letter to the chief judge of the Fulton County courthouse. The focus of the investigation centered on potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 general election. The prosecutor also requested that no in-person trials or hearings be scheduled for the weeks of August 7 and 14.
In another letter addressed to law enforcement, Willis outlined her intention to disclose charging decisions during the current term of the state Superior Court, which commenced this month.
Trump’s September Showdown
Two grand juries, presided over by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, were convened this month and are expected to deliberate until September 1. These juries will play a pivotal role in determining whether Trump and his associates will face charges related to election interference.
Acknowledging potential reactions to her decisions, Willis said on Saturday, “Some people may not be happy with the decisions that I’m making… Sometimes, when people are unhappy, they act in a way that could create harm.” To address potential security concerns, she mentioned increased security measures and expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Fulton County sheriff to ensure the safety of courthouse employees and visitors.
Willis initiated a comprehensive inquiry early in 2021 to investigate whether Trump and his allies interfered in Georgia’s election process during the 2020 election cycle.
Last year, Willis convened a special grand jury equipped with subpoena power to gather witness testimony. This jury was tasked with determining potential coordinated efforts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections. In February, the jury’s foreperson, Emily Kohrs, disclosed that they recommended indictments for over a dozen individuals, without revealing their names.
Trump Decries ‘Witch Hunt’
The investigation granted immunity to at least eight of Georgia’s “fake electors,” who signed an erroneous certificate declaring Trump’s victory in Georgia during the 2020 election. Court documents attest to their immunity in Willis’ inquiry.
Trump, a staunchly vocal critic of the investigation, has consistently denied wrongdoing and characterized Willis’s efforts as a politically driven “witch hunt.”
Georgia’s Supreme Court recently rejected Trump’s bid to disqualify Willis from the probe and to quash the special grand jury’s report containing indictment recommendations. As the investigation unfolds, the nation watches with heightened interest to see how the legal and political landscape evolves.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.