- by theguardian
- 02 Feb 2023
An Atlanta district attorney has said "decisions are imminent" on whether to charge Donald Trump with criminal offences over his attempt to to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.
But a highly anticipated hearing on Tuesday remained largely inconclusive after a judge decided not to immediately rule on whether or not to make public an investigative report on the actions Trump and his allies took to baselessly challenge the legitimacy of the election.
Fani Willis, Fulton county district attorney, strongly hinted she could prosecute a former president for the first time in US history at the hearing. She cautioned, however, that openly revealing the grand jury's investigation could prejudice a fair trial for "multiple" accused.
The judge overseeing the hearing, Robert McBurney, reserved his decision on whether to release the special purpose grand jury's report before any announcement about prosecutions in what he described as an "extraordinary" case, leaving Tuesday's hearing without a final conclusion.
Willis's office is holding the only copy of the results of the grand jury's investigation into a series of alleged crimes, including criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, intentional interference with the performance of election duties, conspiracy and racketeering. The Fulton county district attorney said she wanted to keep the grand jury's recommendations on who to prosecute, and on what charges, under wraps until she has decided whether to pursue charges for crimes that potentially carry significant prison sentences.
"We have to be mindful of protecting future defendants' rights," she said. "We want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and we say for future defendants to be treated fairly it's not appropriate at this time to have this report released."
Willis then added: "Decisions are imminent".