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Georgia DA investigating Trump over 2020 election says decisions imminent

Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis photographed in her office on Jan. 4, 2022.

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The Georgia prosecutor investigating former President Donald Trump and his allies for possible criminal interference in that state’s 2020 presidential election told a judge Tuesday that decisions on whether and whom to charge in the probe “are imminent.”

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis cited that plan during a hearing in Atlanta, where she urged the judge to keep sealed for now a final special grand jury report that was assembled to gather evidence and hear testimony for that investigation.

A consortium of media outlets has asked Judge Robert McBurney to make the report public, as the grand jury has recommended.

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Willis argued to keep it sealed.

“For future defendants to be treated fairly, it’s not appropriate at this time to have this report released,” she told McBurney. “We need to be mindful of protecting future defendants’ rights.”

“Decisions are imminent,” Willis said.

Trump is being eyed for his efforts to reverse his loss to President Joe Biden in Georgia, which was a key swing state in the 2020 election. That effort involved pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to find Trump enough votes for him to overcome his margin of loss to Biden.

The grand jury did not have the power to issue indictments in the case. That decision is left to Willis.

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