Donald Trump legal team trying to quash Fulton special grand jury report

Trump attorneys requesting grand jury report be expunged, all evidence suppressed and Fulton DA be disqualified from further investigation
Former president Donald Trump’s legal team has filed a motion to quash a special Fulton County grand jury report into alleged election interference in the 2020
Published: Mar. 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 10:00 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Former president Donald Trump’s legal team has filed a motion to quash a special Fulton County grand jury report into alleged election interference in the 2020 election.

The 483-page filing, submitted by Trump’s Atlanta-based attorneys - Jennifer Little, Drew Findling, and Marissa Goldberg - requests the findings of the grand jury also be expunged from the record; all evidence from the grand jury be suppressed as “unconstitutionally derived;” and the Fulton County District Attorney’s office be disqualified from any further investigation or prosecution.

Late Monday afternoon, CNN reported Fulton DA Fani Willis is considering bringing racketeering and conspiracy charges against Trump through the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Willis is already pursuing a high-profile RICO case against rapper Jeffrey Williams, aka Young Thug.

Anthony Michael Kries, a constitutional law professor at Georgia State University, does not believe these arguments have any legal backing.

“They’re just throwing everything at the wall and hoping something sticks,” said Kreis. “But most people who observe these proceedings and follow these matters closely understand that there really isn’t any merit to what they’re arguing.”

A spokesperson for Willis’ office said the DA had no comment, nor did it have any updates regarding the timeline on when any criminal charges against Trump could be issued.

“It’s still imminent, in a very legal sense,” the spokesperson said.

Last month, the special grand jury report was partially released, with the majority of the grand jury believing one or more of the witnesses perjured themselves.

The report also said the special grand jury unanimously found no evidence of any widespread fraud in the election and recommended Willis seek the “appropriate indictments” for the unnamed perjuries.

Last year, Willis opened a criminal investigation “into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election.” Willis continues alleging Trump attempted to interfere in Georgia’s election, an election that saw Joe Biden become the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

A special grand jury with subpoena power was seated in May 2022 at Willis’ request. In court filings, she alleged “a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”

“The Grand Jury heard extensive testimony on the subject oft alleged election fraud from poll workers, investigators, technical experts, and State of Georgia employees and officials, as well as from persons still claiming that such fraud took place,” said the partial release of the grand jury report. “We find by unanimous vote that no widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election.”

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney decided to release only portions of the grand jury’s findings. Atlanta News First had requested, along with other media organizations, the grand jury’s full report to be made public. Willis had appealed to McBurney to keep the findings closed, but once McBurney’s decision was announced, Willis said she would not appeal his decision.

Willis said the grand jury heard from 75 witnesses. Some of the more notable figures were Gov. Brian Kemp; Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr; Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger; former lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan; former White House official Mark Meadows; former U.S. House speaker and Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich; and Republican South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Trump has accused Willis of conducting a “strictly political witch hunt.” Trump, who announced his 2024 White House candidacy last November, also continues defending his now-famous phone call with Raffensperger on Jan. 2, 2021.

Read: Full transcript of Donald Trump’s call to Brad Raffensperger

Last year, Raffensperger told a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol that Trump’s claims of 2020 election fraud “were false.”

Raffensperger, along with Gabriel Sterling, the office’s chief operating officer, appeared before the Democrat-led House Select Committee’s nationally televised public hearings.

Raffensperger told the committee that the 2020 election went “remarkably smooth,” with average ballot-casting wait times between two to three minutes statewide. “I felt we had a successful election,” he said.

Trump’s legal team moves to quash Fulton county grand jury report. What legal implications could this have? Attorney Erica Wilson explains:


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