“One or more” witnesses in the Georgia investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election may have lied under oath, the special grand jury in the case revealed in a statement. brief report published THURSDAY.
The grand jury recommended indicting all witnesses who may have perjured themselves.
“The majority of the grand jury finds that perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses who testified before it,” the court said. report read. “The grand jury recommends that the prosecutor seek appropriate indictments for such crimes when the evidence is compelling.”
The five-page report, issued by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, is excerpted from a longer grand jury report. The published section includes the introduction, conclusion and a section in which the jury addressed the possibility of perjury.
The special grand jury was examining efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which Trump claimed, without evidence, was stolen through voter fraud. In its report, the grand jury reaffirmed that there was no voter fraud, noting that it had heard “extensive testimony” from election officials, investigators, state employees, etc.
“We find by unanimous vote that no widespread fraud occurred in the 2020 Georgia presidential election that could result in the annulment of this election,” the report said.
Over seven months, the grand jury heard testimony from 75 witnesses, including the former White House chief of staff. Marc Presformer mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, and chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia David Shaffer.
Notably, the grand jury’s special report does not specify who may have committed perjury or comment on whether any other laws may have been broken. Although a special grand jury can recommend charges, indictments are ultimately within the discretion of prosecutors.
At the heart of the investigation, which began in February 2021, is a one hour phone call in January 2021 between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump asked Raffensperger to “find” nearly 12,000 votes he needed to win the state in the 2020 election.
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than us. Because we won state. Trump continued his call. President Joe Biden won Georgia with 11,779 votes.
Investigators also examined evidence of potential criminal activity and conspiracy to overturn the election, including false claims of voter fraud, unauthorized access to voting machines, and threats and harassment against workers electoral.
Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis indicated she may file charges following the grand jury report. Last month, at a hearing in Atlanta, she told the presiding judge that the decision whether to bring charges was “imminent.” The grand jury’s recommendations on criminal charges remain sealed as of February 16.
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