A special Atlanta-area grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law to overturn the 2020 election has completed its work, according to a new court filing.
“In view of the final report submitted by the special purpose grand jury, the recommendations of the undersigned, and the vote of the Superior Court judges, this Court orders that the special purpose grand jury be dismissed,” said Judge Robert McBurney, who has been supervising the jury. The investigation by the Fulton County Special Grand Jury, wrote in a brief court order Monday.
Georgia’s special grand jury has no authority to issue indictments. But the panel will issue a final report as a mechanism for a special grand jury to recommend whether Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis should indict in her election interference investigation. Willis could then go to a regularly selected grand jury to seek an indictment.
Willis has spent more than a year delving into Trump and his associates, and opened the investigation in early 2021, shortly after Trump made the call public in a January conference call in which Trump Put pressure on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes Trump needs to run. Win the Peach State in the presidential election.
Over time, her investigation has broadened beyond that call to include false allegations of election fraud made to state lawmakers, sham election planning, unauthorized individuals trying to gain access to votes in a Georgia county machines, as well as threats and harassment of election workers.
McBurney has scheduled a Jan. 24 hearing with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and others to discuss whether the special grand jury report should be made public. McBurney said the special purpose grand jury recommended that its final report be released.
The special grand jury – consisting of 23 jurors and three alternates – will take office in May 2022 and will have the authority to call witnesses.
This story has been updated with more details.