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Georgia Grand Jury Forewoman's Interviews Complicate Trump Probe

The forewoman of a Georgia special grand jury may have complicated an investigation into efforts by President Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election by speaking about its findings in interviews this week, legal experts tell the Washington Post. Emily Kohrs, the 30-year-old Atlanta-area resident who served for eight months on the grand jury, said in media interviews this week that the panel recommended multiple indictments in its report that has been sealed by a judge. Kohrs said that the list of recommended indictments “is not short,” that there would be no “plot twist” when the public finally gets to see the report. Regarding “the big name that everyone keeps asking me about” — presumably Trump himself — “I don’t think you will be shocked,” she said Several legal experts said they were surprised and concerned by Kohrs’s unusually candid commentary, which included evaluation of witnesses, tidbits about jurors socializing with prosecutors, and a stated hope that the investigation yields charges because of how much time she and others invested in the case.


The remarks could lead to more challenges for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, whose investigation has come under scrutiny for what some have called legal and ethical missteps. Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney effectively barred Willis from investigating Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, who served as one of Trump’s false electors in Georgia, after Willis hosted a fundraiser for his opponent. Trump and his allies have repeatedly criticized Willis for her outspoken characterization of the investigation and frequent media appearances claiming that her team had heard credible allegations that serious crimes had been committed and that she believed some would see jail time. If Willis does indict Trump — becoming the first prosecutor to bring charges against a former president — Trump could use Kohrs’s remarks to advance the argument he’s made all along: that Willis’s probe has amounted to a political prosecution and not a serious investigative inquiry. Trump weighed in on Kohrs’s comments on Wednesday, calling the case “ridiculous” and criticizing her for “going around and doing a Media Tour revealing, incredibly, the Grand Jury’s inner workings & thoughts. This is not JUSTICE, this is an illegal Kangaroo Court.”

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