A grand jury in Atlanta handed up an indictment late Monday in a Georgia prosecutor’s investigation into efforts by Donald J. Trump and some of his key allies to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
But its details — including who is named in the indictment and what charges were brought — were not immediately clear. After a long day of the grand jurors hearing evidence, the full indictment is expected to be released later in the evening.
For two and a half years, prosecutors in Fulton County, Ga., have been investigating whether Mr. Trump and his supporters broke state laws in their bid to keep him in power. Nearly 20 people are known to have been told that they could face charges as a result of the investigation.
Twelve of 23 grand jurors must agree that there is probable cause to hand up criminal charges. Here’s what to know:
The investigation led by Fani T. Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, focused on five actions taken by Mr. Trump or his allies in the weeks after Election Day, when Joseph R. Biden Jr. narrowly won Georgia. Those actions include phone calls that Mr. Trump made to pressure state officials to overturn the result, as well as harassment of local election workers by Trump supporters, false claims of ballot fraud, a plan by Trump allies to create a slate of bogus electors and a data breach at an elections office in rural Coffee County, Ga.
A separate special grand jury investigated the matter in an advisory capacity last year, hearing evidence and testimony from dozens of witnesses, and recommended more than a dozen people for indictment. The forewoman of that jury has strongly hintedthat the former president was among them. The grand jury this week is a new one.
Mr. Trump has already been charged in federal court with carrying out a concerted effort in six states, including Georgia, to prevent Mr. Biden’s victory from being certified by Congress. Though elements of the Georgia inquiry overlap with the federal case, Ms. Willis has said that she has not coordinated her efforts with Jack Smith, the Justice Department’s special counsel overseeing the federal investigations into Mr. Trump…..
Mr. Trump would not be able to quash the case in Georgia if re-elected, because presidents do not have authority over state courts — a distinction that raises the stakes of a prosecution in Fulton County….
The paperwork indicates the grand jury didn’t vote against any of the indictments presented by the district attorney’s team.
Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the indictments handed to former president Trump this year is evidence of the American judicial system at work.
“I don’t know that anybody should be satisfied. This is a terrible moment for our country to have a former president accused of these terribly important crimes,” Clinton said during an appearance on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program Monday. “The only satisfaction is that the system is working. That all of the efforts by Trump and his allies and enablers to try and silence the truth and undermine democracy have been brought into the light. And justice is being pursued.”….