A Trump grand jury in Georgia has issued 10 indictments, with no names yet to be released
Chief Justice Robert McBurney, Fulton County Superior Court, sits in the courtroom Monday, August 14, 2023 in Atlanta.
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An Atlanta grand jury investigating Donald Trump and allies of the former president for trying to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia voted to issue 10 criminal indictments Monday night.
The names of the individuals charged and the nature of the charges were not immediately released in Fulton County Superior Court.
But a cover sheet on the documents indicated that the grand jury did not vote against indicting anyone named to them by prosecutors for possible indictment on Monday.
Trump said he expects to be charged in the case.
After the grand jury voted, the indictments were taken to the courtroom for Judge Robert McBurney, who silently reviewed them to make sure they were all signed.
“Everything went right in front of the grand jury?” McBurney asked a representative for Fulton County Attorney Fanny Willis.
That representative replied, “Yes, your honor.”
Willis is expected to hold a press conference after the indictments are processed by the court clerk’s office, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The newspaper stated that this could take between one and three hours.
“It’s hard to believe,” Hillary Clinton, the Democrat who lost to Trump in the 2016 election to Trump in the 2016 election, said on MSNBC Monday, “I don’t feel any satisfaction. I just feel deep sadness that we have an indicted former president.”
“He set out to defraud the United States and the citizens of our country,” Clinton told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
Earlier, McBurney told reporters they would need to “wait and see” if charges were filed by the end of the day.
As McBurney spoke, prosecutors were continuing to present their testimony to the grand jury, a sign that the panel might be asked to indict Trump and others by the end of the day Monday, a day earlier than originally expected.
Journalist George Sheedy, who was originally called to testify on Tuesday, was told to appear Monday.
“Change of plans. I’m going to court today. They’re moving faster than they thought,” tweeted Chidi, who was later seen entering the courtroom.
Freelance journalist George Cheedy arrives at Louis Slaton Courthouse after being summoned prior to the expected indictment of former US President Donald Trump on August 14, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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But Sheedy later said he did not testify, because prosecutors told him his testimony was not necessary.
Another witness is expected on Tuesday. Former Georgia Governor Jeff Duncan, a Republican, was called to testify on Monday.
Jane Jordan, a former Democratic senator and Georgia attorney general candidate, testified before the grand jury Monday morning.
Another Democrat who was called, former State Representative Pi Nguyen, testified similarly. It later revealed that she had testified about Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani and other attorneys who made false allegations of election fraud in the state.
“When I took the oath of office in 2017, I swore allegiance to our constitution and promised to defend the state and our country,” Nguyen said in a statement.
“On December 10, 2020, when Rudy Giuliani and the former president’s legal team appeared before the Georgia House of Representatives, I stood by my oath and told the truth in the face of false testimony about our elections,” she said.
Georgia Lt. Governor Jeff Duncan speaks with members of the media after a brief session in the Senate floor during the 29th day of the Georgia legislative session, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Atlanta.
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Trump appeared to track witness statements, writing on a social media post Monday that Duncan “shouldn’t” testify, calling him a “total disaster.”
Criminal Georgia Law It is an offense to attempt to directly or indirectly deter a witness from testifying in any court or grand jury.
Trump, in a social media post, criticized the investigation regarding his efforts to pressure Georgia officials to reverse his loss to President Joe Biden in the state’s popular vote.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on a phone call in early 2021, days before Congress was set to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory.
In his Truth Social post on Monday, Trump wrote: “Can someone tell the Fulton County grand jury that I didn’t manipulate the election?”
“The people who tampered with it are the ones who faked it and, unfortunately, the phony Fanny Willis, who shockingly allowed Atlanta to become one of the most dangerous cities anywhere in the world, doesn’t care to see the huge amount of evidence available,” Trump wrote.
Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., in early August on charges of conspiring with others to overturn his defeat in the 2020 national election.
He has pleaded not guilty in this case.
Trump, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has also pleaded not guilty to two other criminal cases: a federal case in Florida involving the keeping of secret records after he left the White House; the other for falsifying business records related to hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
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