Donald Trump election probe juror suggests charges coming
The head of the Atlanta-based grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election told CNN on Tuesday that the panel is recommending multiple indictments, and that the “big name ‘ may be on the list.
Emily Coase told CNN, “Can you imagine doing this eight months in a row and not coming up with a full list of indictments?”
She continued, “There may be some unexpected names on that list. But it’s the big names that everyone keeps asking me about. I don’t think you’ll be shocked.”
Kohrs late Tuesday declined to disclose the exact number of indictments the special grand jury recommended filing as part of its investigation.
Asked by CNN’s Kate Balduan on “Erin Burnett Outfront” if the number was “more than a dozen,” Coles replied, “I think so. It’s probably a good guess.”
Part of the final grand jury report released last week revealed that the grand jury believed some witnesses were justified in perjury. Coles told The New York Times on Tuesday, A grand jury said it recommended multiple indictments, but declined to name them.
The grand jury met in Atlanta for about seven months and heard testimony from 75 witnesses. Among them were some of Trump’s closest advisers during his final weeks at the White House.
Now that the grand jury is over, Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis will review the recommendation and issue a determination on the claim.
Trump, who began his campaign at the White House in 2024, has denied any criminal wrongdoing. He claims Willis, a Democrat, is politically biased and still regularly promotes false claims that he actually won the election in Georgia.
Jurors, Coles told Boldouan, “We certainly heard a lot about former President Trump, and we talked a lot about him in the room.”
As part of the investigation, Coles said, in a separate call from Trump’s infamous post-election call to fellow Republican Secretary of State Brad Ravensperger, Coles said he was able to find out what he needed to win in Georgia. He said he heard them asking to “find” a good vote.
“Yes, I’m sure I’ve heard the president’s phone call more than once,” she said. CNN previously reported that at least one additional phone call by Trump to Georgia officials of her was part of the investigation.
“I don’t think there was any bias.”
Despite Trump’s allegations that prosecutors were liberal fanatics conducting a “witch hunt,” Coles said Willis and her team would act in a nonpartisan manner and strive to keep the lawsuit fair. I believe that
“I don’t think there was any prejudice on the part of the DA team,” she told CNN in a phone interview. I know the fact that knowledge affects our knowledge.”
Prosecutors told her they wanted the grand jury to “state your opinion” independently and “face this for yourself,” she said.
Coles called on Willis to “take decisive action” now that the fate of the investigation was in her hands.
“Personally, I hope she takes all sorts of decisive action to actually do something,” Kohrs said. Too many times it seemed like someone was being called for something they were having trouble with and nothing happened.
Coles said there were too many instances of “high-profile people” evading accountability after high-profile investigations.
“How often does something actually happen? I want to see something actually happen. Don’t let me regain my faith in the system,” Kohrs said. The only thing that disappoints me at this point is that all of this is gone, and that’s the only thing that makes me sad.”
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Foreperson also told CNN that he was “pleasantly surprised” by the friendliness of some of the witnesses, including key Trump insiders like former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“Some people fought not to attend, but once they did, they were happy to have a conversation, and I really respect that,” Coles said. “Flynn was honestly very nice. He was a very nice guy. He was definitely an interesting guy. But I don’t remember him saying anything shocking.” .”
According to Coles, using the Fifth Amendment or citing various legal prerogatives is not something that a grand jury will find from some of the most prominent witnesses, including Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. It was the strategy I saw.
“Mark Meadows didn’t share much,” she said. “I asked him if he had Twitter and he sued Fifth.”
CNN reached out to Meadows’ attorneys for comment on the allegations that Cole repeatedly exercised fifth and executive privileges.
Separately, a source familiar with the matter confirmed that Mike Pence’s former chief of staff, Mark Short, appeared under subpoena before a special grand jury. It was previously reported by the Associated Press.
The Georgia investigation has long been viewed as one of Trump’s biggest unresolved legal vulnerabilities, but his indictment is ripe for constitutional challenge and will likely lead local prosecutors. It will face more scrutiny than any previous case initiated by an official.
Additionally, U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith has investigated Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election, his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots, and the possible mishandling of classified materials. are investigating. In New York, a criminal investigation is still underway led by the Manhattan District Attorney, and Trump’s namesake business is fighting a civil fraud lawsuit from the state attorney general.