After weeks of buzz that it could happen, Fulton County DA Fani Willis is now formally empaneling a special grand jury to speed up her criminal case against Donald Trump for election fraud, per the AP. It’s the strongest signal yet that she plans to criminally indict Trump and put him in prison.
This means the DA’s case against Trump gets its own dedicated grand jury, meaning the case doesn’t have to compete for grand jury time with the other criminal cases in the district. The DA will now be able to get subpoenas, have witnesses testify, and so on, nearly instantly so she can move forward faster.
Much will be made of the fact that a special grand jury can’t indict people. But once the DA has used the special grand jury to complete her case, she’ll present it to a regular grand jury and have it bring indictments.
Bottom line: the DA would not be doing this unless 1) she’s already basically decided to indict Trump, and 2) she wants to make it happen as quickly as reasonably possible.
Keep in mind the Fulton DA recently met with Trump’s criminal defense attorneys – a move that could only have been to inform them that Trump is a criminal target – and that shortly afterward, Trump went berserk in a press release about people trying to send him to prison.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report