Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is anticipated to commence the presentation of her election-related case against former President Trump and his associates before a grand jury, potentially starting as early as Monday.
According to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Willis’ team of prosecutors is scheduled to initiate their presentation on Monday morning at the courthouse in Atlanta. This comes following notifications sent to former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and independent journalist George Chidi, who confirmed that they will testify before a 23-member grand jury on Tuesday.
If successful, this case could lead to a second indictment against Trump within a span of two weeks, focusing on his alleged actions to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump is already facing federal charges in connection with the same matter, stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the events of January 6.
The Journal-Constitution notes the potential for Willis to pursue racketeering charges using Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law against Trump and his associates, a process that has historically taken her one to two days to present in previous RICO cases.
In response to questions regarding potential testimony, Gabe Sterling, a prominent figure in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, stated during an appearance on “ABC News” that he would respond truthfully if called to testify. Sterling had previously answered questions before a separate special grand jury in the past.
Trump, on the other hand, took to TRUTH Social to criticize Willis. He questioned why Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was mentioning him in connection to a Grand Jury inquiry into Election Fraud & Irregularities, suggesting that she should focus on addressing the high number of murders in Atlanta.
While Willis has not officially confirmed the timing of an indictment, her prior statements and the heightened security measures around the Fulton County Courthouse indicate that action might be impending. It is widely speculated that Willis will employ Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to potentially charge not only the former president but also several of his associates in connection with an alleged far-reaching conspiracy.
Critics have urged Willis’ office to expedite indictments for individuals facing serious charges, as a significant percentage of individuals in custody in Fulton County had yet to be indicted. Trump has recently criticized Atlanta for its crime rates, although city police department data indicates an improvement in violent crime levels compared to the previous year.
As of August 5, homicides were down by 25%, rapes had decreased by 56%, and aggravated assaults had seen a 22% reduction compared to the same period in the previous year, as reported by The Associated Press.