Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected to announce in August whether she will indict former President Trump for questioning the results of the 2020 election. Willis reportedly told staffers to work remotely from July 31 through August 18 and has asked judges in a downtown Atlanta courthouse not to schedule any trials between August 7 and August 14, according to a letter obtained by the New York Times.
The announcements have been interpreted as signs that a grand jury decision will be announced in that time period, which could set the stage for a potential indictment. “Thank you for your consideration and assistance in keeping the Fulton County Judicial Complex safe during this time,” Willis wrote in the letter addressed to staff and judges.
Willis had previously told Atlanta law enforcement agencies in a letter last month to be ready for “significant public reaction” to a potential decision between July 11 and September 1.
A number of interviews given by the jury’s forewoman, Emily Kohrs, heavily suggested that Trump and a number of his associates would be indicted. “It is not a short list,” Kohrs told the New York Times in February. “You’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science.”
Trump has already been indicted on 34 felony counts by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for allegedly making payments to the porn star Stormy Daniels. Bragg used COVID-era policies to extend the statute of limitations for the alleged crime while also upgrading what is generally a misdemeanor to a felony.
Bragg’s indictment has largely been shredded by legal analysts.
In Atlanta, Fani Willis opened her investigation into the former president and a number of his associates nearly two years ago. The investigation largely focuses on a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger.