Since the voting chaos of the 2020 election, accusations from MAGA Republicans that the Democrats manipulated voting in swing states have been countered by Democrats. In the swing state of Georgia, an ongoing investigation during the last two years, not unlike the Jan 6 probe, is attempting to accuse former President Trump’s campaign of interfering with election processes.
Similar to the Jan 6 situation, where President Trump acknowledged the right of citizens to peacefully protest, the outcome of the election in Georgia prompted the same acknowledgment. Democrats are quick to turn Trump’s words into “incitement of violence” rather than encouragement to the American people to speak out against what was perceived as a faulty outcome.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been cagey about whether or not Trump will be charged with anything, and is inching toward an announcement in the future. On Monday said she would announce this summer whether former President Donald Trump and his allies would be charged with crimes related to alleged interference in Georgia’s 2020 election.
The AJC stated:
Willis revealed the timetable in a letter to local law enforcement in which she asked them to be ready for “heightened security and preparedness” because she predicted her announcement “may provoke a significant public reaction.”
In the letters, Willis said she will announce possible criminal indictments between July 11 and Sept. 1, sending one of the strongest signals yet that she’s on the verge of trying to obtain an indictment against Trump and his supporters.
“Please accept this correspondence as notice to allow you sufficient time to prepare the Sheriff’s Office and coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that our law enforcement community is ready to protect the public,” Willis wrote to Fulton Sheriff Patrick Labat.
Similar letters were hand-delivered to Darin Schierbaum, Atlanta’s chief of police, and Matthew Kallmyer, director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency.
“We have seen in recent years that some may go outside of public expressions of opinion that are protected by the First Amendment to engage in acts of violence that will endanger the safety of those we are sworn to protect,” Willis wrote. “As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to prepare.”
The wording of Willis’ statement obviously is designed to imply that violence is expected, and implies that Trump is responsible for that violence. Similar actions preceding Trump’s indictment in Manhattan seem to be inspiring Georgia Willis to repeat those actions in an attempt to create a public perception that violence will erupt on Trump’s behalf.
Since then, Trump’s attorneys have filed a wide-ranging motion seeking to dismiss Willis from the case, as well as any evidence compiled by the special grand jury. Trump’s legal team said in a statement that the correspondence does “nothing more than set for a potential timetable” for charging decisions, AJC reports.
“On behalf of President Trump, we filed a substantive legal challenge for which the DA’s Office has yet to respond,” attorneys Drew Findling, Jennifer Little, and Marissa Goldberg said. “We look forward to litigating that comprehensive motion which challenges the deeply flawed legal process and the ability of the conflicted DA’s Office to make any charging decisions at all.”
AJC stated about the Manhattan preliminaries:
Authorities erected barricades and shut down streets surrounding the courthouse. The police issued a stand-ready order for roughly 35,000 officers in the region as well as city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. About an hour before Trump’s afternoon court appearance, a number of Manhattan courtrooms were closed, according to published reports. There was also a total shutdown of the route the former president took to the courthouse from Trump Tower and from the courthouse to board his plane at LaGuardia Airport.
Democrat legal observers predict that her letter implies an indictment is coming. “It obviously seems to imply the case against Trump will be presented to a grand jury,” former Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said. “I don’t think any of the other targets would raise that level of caution. I think that’s the obvious implication.”
And Norm Eisen, a former ethics czar under President Barack Obama who co-authored a Brookings Institute report on the Fulton probe, agreed. “While she does not have the former president’s name in her letter, the evidence and the applicable law in Georgia point to the substantial likelihood that Donald Trump and his principal co-conspirators will be included when she follows through on the plans she confirms in this letter,” Eisen said.
The Fulton sheriff’s office referred any questions about Willis’s letter to the DA’s office. An APD spokesman said the department stands “ready to respond to demonstrations to ensure the safety of those in our communities and those exercising their First Amendment right, or to address illegal activity, should the need arise.” A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment, AJC noted.