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Fulton County DA says indictment decision in Trump probe may be 'imminent'

Tamar Hallerman and Bill Rankin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA — Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis suggested Tuesday that a decision on whether to seek indictments is “imminent” following an eight-month special grand jury investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies criminally meddled in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Her comments came at the beginning of a 90-minute hearing in which Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney considered whether and when to release the grand jury’s final report. The document is expected to include the group’s findings and charging recommendations.

Willis and her team argued the report should be kept under seal for now.

“The state understands the media’s inquiry and the world’s interest, but we have to be mindful of protecting future defendants’ rights,” the DA said.

Without commenting on who those future defendants may be, Willis said “decisions are imminent.”

“At this time, in the interest of justice and the rights of not the state, but others, we are asking that the report not be released,” she said.

 

The DA’s remarks were Willis’ most detailed in months. The Democrat, who is up for re-election next year, has avoided publicly commenting on the probe since before the midterm elections.

The DA’s position was opposed on Tuesday by a coalition of more than a dozen media organizations, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. AJC counsel Tom Clyde, arguing on behalf of the outlets, said it was in the public interest for McBurney to release the report as soon as possible and in its entirety.

“The judicial system time and time again has said when matters are brought to the court system, we are going to require them to be made public because the faith of the public and the court system is much improved by operating in a public way,” he said.

Clyde also noted that the grand jurors themselves had asked for the report to be published.

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