While the Manhattan Grand Jury is getting all the attention, the Fulton County, GA district attorney is preparing to appoint a special grand jury to investigate Trump’s electoral interference as blackmail.
Trump threatens investigations into extortion in Georgia
The New York Times reported:
A special grand jury, which under Georgia’s statute would consist of 16-23 members, could focus solely on the possible case against Mr Trump and his allies. According to a person with direct knowledge of the deliberations, Ms. Willis will probably soon dare to speak on condition of anonymity, since the decision is not final. Although such a jury could issue subpoenas, Ms. Willis would have to return to a regular grand jury for criminal charges.
Mrs. Willis said there was an extortion charge on the table. Such cases are often linked to the prosecution of mob bosses who enforce the state law on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations known as RICO, and Georgia has its own state version of the law.
Trump and his allies are on tap to put pressure on Georgia election officials
Trump was recorded trying to pressure Georgia election officials to find votes for him, and Georgia officials say Trump’s White House pressured them for weeks to overturn the election.
The failed ex-president did not help himself as he repeatedly spoke publicly about how he had tried to put pressure on Republican elected officials in Georgia.
While the Manhattan grand jury examines Trump’s business, the Georgia grand jury examines Trump and his pals. The Georgia investigation is potentially more dangerous for Trump personally than the New York one.
But the upcoming Georgia special grand jury begs the question, how many criminal grand juries can investigate Trump before he is indicted?
We may know the answer in early 2022.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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