Is it possible that someone will finally get Donald Trump? Do we dare even hope? According to several outlets, District Attorney Fani Willis (Fulton County, Georgia) may be close to an indictment. This would be a fitting end to Trump’s foray into Georgia. Most of his endorsed candidates tanked in the primary, and he then goes on trial for felony election interference. It is almost too much to fathom, but some legal experts say that is exactly what might happen.
Newsweek reported on remarks from Laurence Tribe, professor emeritus of constitutional law at Harvard. Tribe believes that any charges brought against Trump in Georgia “are likely to have standing.” Willis has stepped up her investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in Georgia by assembling a grand jury, and they are currently reviewing evidence. According to New York Times, Willis is preparing to issue as many as 50 subpoenas, and she has issued bulletproof vests to her staff because of threats courtesy of Trump and his hate rallies. He had the nerve to call her investigation “prosecutorial misconduct.” No, the misconduct would occur had she decided to ignore that Trump broke the law in Georgia. It is her job as an officer of the court to bring to justice anyone who violates the law, and Trump is not immune.
New York Times quoted Willis on the issue: “I have a duty to investigate, and in my mind, it’s not of much consequence what title they wore.” She also intimated that her investigation goes far beyond the now-infamous phone call to Georgia’s Secretary of State. She is considering charges of racketeering, which she revealed has “the potential to sweep in people who have never set foot in Fulton or made a single phone call to the county.” Willis is also investigating the scheme to install fake electors, which could lead to fraud charges, and she is looking at the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal that she prosecuted as guidance.
While Willis has not released details about who will be testifying, it is obvious that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will be called to testify before the grand jury. Indeed, his office confirmed last week that both he and his chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling have been subpoenaed. According to RawStory, Willis “has the goods” on Trump. RawStory reported on the appearance of former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show.” Vance believes that willis has key evidence that can lead to prosecution because Trump knew he was breaking the law. Vance said that Trump’s state of mind (what little he has) will be the turning point because during his call to Raffensperger, Trump never asked for any investigation into voter fraud but instead asked Raffensperger to commit fraud by “finding” the number of votes Trump needed to win. According to Vance: “That is pretty good evidence of criminal intent.” This is the one time that the oft-used phrase “hopes and prayers” is relevant. Let us hope and pray that Willis has the goods on Trump.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years