The forewoman of the Georgia grand jury that could indict Donald Trump laughed, saying she “somehow wanted” to subpoena him just for the chance to swear him in, in a bizarre media tour that is already giving prosecutors headaches.
In just one of her many interviews about a generally involved process, Speaker Emily Kohrs told MSNBC why she wanted to hear from Trump personally.
“I wanted to hear from the former president, but honestly, I wanted to subpoena the former president because I have to swear in everyone,” he said. “So I thought it would be really cool to have 60 seconds with President Trump, me looking at him and saying, ‘Do you solemnly swear?’ And I can swear to it,” he continued.
She said she “just thought it would be an amazing moment,” smiling.
Emily Kohrs, chairwoman of the Atlanta-based grand jury that investigated former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, has been on a media tour, hinting at the indictments that could be brought.
The attorneys for the witnesses who have appeared before the grand jury, who can recommend charges, they are already preparing to move to try to quash any charges, based on their public statements.
Kohrs also made comments to CNN about the nature of the allegations that could be brought.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating conduct related to the effort by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results, including the former president’s infamous phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger asking him to that it would only “find 11,780 votes.”
“Can you imagine doing this for eight months and not coming up with a full list” of recommended indictments, Kohrs? told CNN. It is not a short list. It’s not.’
‘There may be some names on that list that you wouldn’t expect. But the big name everyone asks me about, I don’t think he’s surprised,” he said, in comments that seemed to point to a possible impeachment against Trump himself.
He also said in a post-network interview that the allegations could top a dozen.
‘I think so. That’s probably a good guess,” she said.
Former President Donald Trump criticized the interviews, calling the process “kangaroo court.”
Trump again made his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find 11,780 votes,” a “perfect” phone call.
Trump posted on Wednesday calling the case “ludicrous” calling it a “strictly political continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time.”
“Now you have an extremely energetic young woman, the (get this!) “Chairperson” of the Racist District Attorney Special Grand Jury, going around doing a Media Tour that reveals, unbelievably, the inner workings and thoughts of the Grand Jury. This is not JUSTICE, this is an illegal Kangaroo Court. Atlanta leads the nation in murder and other violent crime. All I did was make TWO PERFECT PHONE CALLS!!!’
That was a reference to his calling the state’s top elections official saying, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,’ amid a recount and a fight over the election results in a state that voted for Joe. Biden. .
He also used the term to apply to his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky seeking a Hunter Biden investigation. It was part of the first impeachment trial of him in the Senate.
Former Assistant US Attorney Elie Honig, speaking of the media tour on CNN, called it “a prosecutor’s nightmare.” She said it was a “horrible idea” and speculated prosecutors are “shuddering.”
The TV hits came after Kohrs said “one or more witnesses” will be charged as first reported by the New York Times.
‘not a short list‘ the chairperson, Emily Kohrs, said, adding that the jury had added eight pages of legal code ‘which we quoted at various points in the report.’
After the release of part of the report last week, there are still seven sections that remain sealed with recommendations for prosecution, according to Kohrs.
Those sections are silent on key details, including who the panel believes perjured and what other specific charges should be pursued. But it is the first time that the grand jury’s recommendations for criminal charges related to the case have been made public. And it’s a reminder of the growing legal challenges facing the former president as he ramps up his third run for the White House amid multiple legal investigations.
Former President Donald Trump claims ‘total exoneration’, after the partial publication of the latest report, although he did not do so and the parts that have to do with the recommended charges are still secret.
Lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani testified in the Georgia grand jury investigation into Trump’s attempted election interference.
Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C. Said: ‘I’m Sure I Testified Openly And Honestly’ Before Georgia Special Grand Jury About Possible Election Interference
Trump is also under investigation by the US Department of Justice for having classified documents at his Florida property.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said from the beginning of the investigation two years ago that she was interested in a January 2, 2021 phone call in which Trump suggested to Raffensperger that he could “find” the votes. necessary to nullify your defeat in the state.
“All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said during that call. ‘Because we won the state.’
Trump has repeatedly said that his call with Raffensperger was “perfect” and that he felt “very confident” that he would not be charged.
In fact, he claimed on his social media platform, Truth Social, that the launch had granted him a ‘full exoneration’, though he did no such thing and the parts having to do with the recommended charges are still secret.
The grand jury, which Willis requested to help his investigation, sat down in May and presented its report to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney on December 15. The panel does not have the power to issue indictments. Instead, his report contains recommendations for Willis, who will ultimately decide whether he will seek one or more indictments from a regular grand jury.
Over the course of about seven months, members of the special grand jury heard from 75 witnesses, including Trump allies, including former New York mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Top Georgia officials such as Raffensperger and Kemp also appeared before the panel.
Graham recently told reporters that authorities have not contacted him regarding his testimony. “I’m sure I testified openly and honestly,” he said.
McBurney wrote in his order that it is not appropriate to release the full report now because it is important to protect the due process rights of the people for whom the grand jury has recommended charges.