On Monday, Fulton County, Georgia, Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney announced he would release portions of the grand jury investigation report regarding how former President Donald Trump contested the results of the 2020 election.
Trump continues to assert there was widespread election fraud.
The grand jury had requested a release of their full report. McBurney denied their request.
Prosecutors reportedly urged McBurney to keep investigation findings under seal. McBurney agreed and ordered most of the report to remain under seal at this time. However, the Washington Examiner reported the released sections of the report would reveal:
- the panel’s introduction
- the panel’s conclusion
- a section profiling how the grand jury “discusse[d] its concern that some witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony to the grand jury.”
During a court hearing on Jan. 24, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recommended McBurney keep the report sealed to protect the ongoing criminal investigation. Willis noted that coming criminal charges in the case are “imminent.”
One of the focal points in the investigation is a recorded phone call between former President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call, Trump reportedly told Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in Georgia.
Notably, Georgia is one of several states Trump was leading in until late-night surges gave President Joe Biden the victory.
The released report may provide insight into the legality of forming a so-called “alternate slate of GOP electors” who met at the Georgia Capitol in December 2020 and signed a statement noting that Trump won the Georgia general election.
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