The Georgia special grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his election loss in the state recommended multiple indictments, a jury forewoman told The New York Times on Tuesday.
Forewoman Emily Kohrs did not say which people the grand jury recommended for indictment but told the outlet that “it is not a short list.”
Kohrs told the Times that the grand jury appended eight pages of legal code “that we cited at various points in the report.”
The judge overseeing the case last week released redacted portions of the grand jury’s report but seven sections that were redacted relate to the indictment recommendations, according to the report.
Asked whether the grand jury recommended indicting Trump himself, Kohrs gave a “cryptic” answer, according to the Times’ Danny Hakim.
“You’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science,” she said, adding “you won’t be too surprised.”
The investigation into Trump’s efforts was launched by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis after the release of the recording of the infamous phone call on which the former president urged Georgia Secretary Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his loss.
“We definitely started with the first phone call, the call to Secretary Raffensperger that was so publicized,” Kohrs told the Times.
“I will tell you that if the judge releases the recommendations, it is not going to be some giant plot twist,” she added. “You probably have a fair idea of what may be in there. I’m trying very hard to say that delicately.”
Special grand juries in the state do not have indictment powers, leaving the decision on whether to bring charges to Willis.
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The special grand jury heard from 75 witnesses, including top Trump allies, and recommended perjury charges against “one or more witnesses,” according to the redacted grand jury report released last week. Kohrs told the Associated Press that the grand jury wanted to hear from Trump himself but did not expect her would offer any meaningful testimony.
“Trump was not a battle we picked to fight,” she told the outlet.
Kohrs described other witnesses that appeared before the panel, including former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who she told the AP was “much more forthcoming than her old boss, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who fought Willis’ subpoena, “politely answered” questions during his appearance, she told the AP. And former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani “invoked privilege to avoid answering many questions,” according to the report.
“At least one person who resisted answering questions became much more cooperative when prosecutors offered him immunity in front of the jurors, Kohrs said,” according to the report. “Other witnesses came in with immunity deals already in place.”
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