Yesterday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis issued grand jury subpoenas to Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, Jenna Ellis, and other key Trump allies, suggesting that she’s targeting Donald Trump for his attempt at overthrowing the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. Now Willis is speaking up and making clear that she really is going all in against Trump.
Willis has given an interview and spelled out that more grand jury subpoenas will be issued to Trump allies, and that it’s possible subpoenas will be issued to Trump family members. She then spelled out, in exact words, that “This is not a game.”
Much will be made of Willis’ announcement that if her probe isn’t finished by the start of early voting in the 2022 election cycle, she’ll hold off issuing any additional subpoenas or indictments during the timeframe between the start of early voting and election day. Some defeatists will incorrectly frame this as “Trump has run out the clock” and will “get away with it all.” But in reality this will only be a brief pause, and won’t actually work to anyone in Trump world’s advantage.
When Willis was asked if she’ll even consider subpoenaing Donald Trump himself, she said that anything is possible. But it’s worth keeping in mind that targets cannot be subpoenaed to testify against themselves in a criminal investigation. So if Trump were subpoenaed, it could only be for documents and such, and not for grand jury testimony. What we’re looking for here is not Trump being subpoenaed, but Trump being indicted.
So while we’re about to see a lot of pundit spin when it comes to the Fulton County criminal probe – much of it ratings driven and aimed at building up the fear that Trump will somehow magically go free – the reality is that DA Fani Willis knows she’s betting her career on her ability to successfully indict Donald Trump and get a conviction against him. She just made clear that she’s all in, and she’s going to see this all the way through.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report