“A number of” witnesses in Georgia’s inquiry into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election could have lied below oath, the particular grand jury within the case revealed in a brief report released Thursday.
The grand jury beneficial charging any witnesses who could have perjured themselves.
“A majority of the grand jury believes that perjury could have been dedicated by a number of witnesses testifying earlier than it,” the report read. “The grand jury recommends that the district legal professional search acceptable indictments for such crimes the place the proof is compelling.”
The five-page report, launched by Fulton County Superior Courtroom Choose Robert McBurney, is excerpted from an extended report by the grand jury. The launched part contains the introduction, the conclusion, and a piece during which the jury addressed the potential of perjury.
The particular grand jury was analyzing efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, which Trump has claimed without evidence was stolen through voter fraud. In its report, the grand jury reaffirmed there was no voter fraud, noting that it had heard “in depth testimony” from ballot staff, investigators, state workers, and extra.
“We discover by a unanimous vote that no widespread fraud came about within the Georgia 2020 presidential election that might end in overturning that election,” the report learn.
Over seven months, the grand jury heard testimony from 75 witnesses, together with former White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Georgia Republican Social gathering chair David Shafer.
Notably, the particular grand jury’s report doesn’t title who could have dedicated perjury or opine about whether or not different legal guidelines could have been damaged. Whereas a particular grand jury can suggest prices, indictments are finally as much as the discretion of prosecutors.
On the coronary heart of the investigation, which started in February 2021, is an hourlong phone call in January 2021 between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, during which Trump instructed Raffensperger to “discover” almost 12,000 votes he wanted to win the state within the 2020 election.
“All I wish to do is that this. I simply wish to discover 11,780 votes, which is yet another than we’ve. As a result of we gained the state,” Trump continued in the call. President Joe Biden had won Georgia with 11,779 votes.
Investigators additionally reviewed proof of potential felony exercise and conspiracy to overturn the election, together with false election fraud claims, unauthorized entry to voting machines, and threats and harassment towards election staff.
Fulton County District Lawyer Fani Willis has indicated she could convey prices following the grand jury’s report. Final month at a listening to in Atlanta she informed the presiding choose that the choice whether or not to convey prices was “imminent.” The grand jury’s suggestions on felony prices stay sealed as of Feb. 16.