Updated: Jan 10
The special grand jury investigating potential 2020 election involvement in Fulton County, Georgia, released its final report after months of closed-door evidence.
As part of its investigation into former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election, a special grand jury met in May 2022. Some of Trump's closest allies and supporters, including lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman and Sen. Lindsey Graham, gave testimony.
McBurney has scheduled a hearing for January 24 to decide if the report will be released to the public.
The special grand jury cannot return an indictment and can only make recommendations about criminal prosecution. If charges are brought, they will be brought by another grand jury.
The investigation was officially started by Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis in February 2021. It was partly sparked by a now-famous phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, in which Trump urged Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes," the exact number of votes Trump needed to win Georgia.
Trump, who has condemned the investigation, has frequently justified his phone call to Raffensperger, describing it as "perfect."
According to a court order filed on Monday morning by Judge Robert C. McBurney, the grand jury has now given its findings and is formally dissolved.
Since its inception last year, the special grand jury has summoned a slew of Trump associates for testimony, including former Trump chief of staff Marc Meadows and former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich.
Several people, including Giuliani, were warned last summer that they were "targets" of the investigation. In court filings, prosecutors stated that 16 "false electors" were targets in the continuing criminal investigation.
The 16 were notified by letters that their "testimony was requested by the special purpose grand jury and that [they] were targets of the investigation," according to the petition.