Perhaps the largest and most prominent political question that Americans are asking themselves today is whether or not Donald Trump makes it to 2024 election a free, (or legally unencumbered), man.
The former Commander in Chief is facing a number of litigious lurches in 2023, ranging from the criminal referrals made to the DOJ by the January 6th select committee, to a massive tax case against his organization in New York.
But perhaps his most serious and salient threat comes from the Peach State, where recent comments by the Fulton County District Attorney seem to indicate that there could be criminal charges forthcoming.
Former President Donald Trump and his allies have been put on notice by a prosecutor, but the warning didn’t come from anyone at the Justice Department.
It was from a Georgia prosecutor who indicated she was likely to seek criminal charges soon in a two-year election subversion probe. In trying to block the release of a special grand jury’s report, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis argued in court last week that decisions in the case were “imminent” and that the report’s publication could jeopardize the rights of “future defendants.”
Though Willis, a Democrat, didn’t mention Trump by name, her comments marked the first time a prosecutor in any of several current investigations tied to the Republican former president has hinted that charges could be forthcoming. The remarks ratcheted anticipation that an investigation focused, in part, on Trump’s call with Georgia’s secretary of state could conclude before ongoing federal probes.
Experts seemed to agree that the Georgia case is moving quickly.
“I expect to see indictments in Fulton County before I see any federal indictments,” said Clark Cunningham, a Georgia State University law professor.
“She wouldn’t be talking about the release of the report creating prejudice to potential future defendants unless she saw in the report peoples’ names who she saw as potential future defendants,” he added.
Trump maintains that he did nothing wrong in regard to his post-election conversations with Georgia officials, claiming that Willis’ investigation is a politically-motivated hit job that is outside of the scope of her duty.