Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis now says at least 17 people will likely be criminally indicted and face “prison sentences” in her Trump 2020 election probe, per WaPo. This is all getting very, very real.
Willis is not saying who the 17 people are, or if Trump is one of them. Nor should she at this point. While a grand jury (nearly) always brings whatever indictments a prosecutor asks for, Willis still has to limit her public remarks so as not to taint the grand jury process.
That said, these 17 people have received target letters, and they can publicly reveal this if they choose. Rudy Giuliani says he’s been notified he’s a target (no surprise). Lindsey Graham claims he’s been informed he’s not a target, but he lies a lot and could be lying now.
Given that this is a criminal investigation into Donald Trump, it’s nearly a given that he’s a target. But no one knows if he’s one of the 17. Willis could be strategically holding off designating him as a target until the end.
Willis says her probe will be complete this year. Once she’s done using her special grand jury to build her criminal cases, she’ll then just have to quickly present those cases to a regular grand jury in order to have them bring indictments.
Given how deep DA Willis has gotten into the process, and how emphatic she’s being in public about where this is heading, it’s almost impossible to imagine she won’t indict Trump, either just before or just after the new year – unless hypothetically the DOJ asks to go first on related charges.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report