Who else was recommended for charges but not indicted?
Graham, Loeffler and others were wanted by the grand jury. The special grand jury recommended charging Lindsey Graham, David Perdue, and Kelly Loeffler, but they were never indicted.
A total of 21 people were recommended for charges but weren’t indicted. In the end, 18 of 39 people recommended were charged, including former President Donald Trump.
We learned today of the following others who avoided charges:
- Former national security adviser Michael Flynn
- Trump loyalist and right-wing attorney Lin Wood
- Mitchell, a former adviser to Trump
- The former adviser to Trump, Boris Epshteyn
- Trump-affiliated lawyer Kurt Hilbert
- Trump-affiliated lawyer Alex Kaufman
- Podcast host Jacki Pick Deason
- Former Georgia state senator William Ligon
- Jones, a fake elector and current lieutenant governor of Georgia
- Fake elector Joseph Brannan
- Fake elector Vikki Consiglio
- Fake elector Carolyn Fisher
- False elector Gloria Godwin
- Fake elector Mark Hennessy
- Fake elector John Downey
- I am Brad Carver, a fake elector
- A fake elector, CB Yadav
- Fake elector Mike Amick
What is the importance of this report?
- This 26-page report sheds light on the secret panel’s thoughts ahead of the indictment of Donald Trump and 18 of his allies three weeks ago.
The report reveals that the special grand jury’s recommendations went far beyond what Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis ultimately brought in the case, recommending at least 10 other people be charged.
According to the report, the grand jury found a sprawling effort to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results, echoing Willis’s remarks.
The list includes some familiar names, such as current Senator Lindsey Graham, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
Willis was ultimately responsible for indicting anyone and not the special grand jury – it was merely an investigative entity.
Despite the report’s recommendations, she did not indict the additional individuals.
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The grand jury recommended charges against ‘fake electors’
- A special grand jury recommended charging 13 of 16 false electors in Georgia, according to the report.
In theory, US presidents are elected by slates of electors in each state. Following the 2020 presidential election, seven states allegedly organised a “false electors” scheme.
In the end, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis only indicted three electors.
Two jurors recommended against indictments because they believed the fake electors “were doing what they were misled to believe was their civic duty” according to the document’s footnotes.
In this scheme, none of the fake electors have been charged with a federal crime.
A false electors scheme was exposed in July when Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced charges against 16 people.
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- Anthony Zurcher BBC North America correspondent One person voted against indicting former President Donald Trump each time the Atlanta grand jury voted.
Votes were held on the legality of Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, on his contacts with other Georgia officials, and on his national efforts to overturn the election.
There was always a lone holdout – and, sometimes, several abstentions.
There was little difference in the outcome of the grand jury deliberations, since only 12 jurors needed to agree to recommend an indictment.
To get a guilty verdict in a criminal trial, however, the jury must be unanimous. Holdouts in that case could result in a hung jury and a mistrial.
A grand jury investigation differs from a jury trial, of course, but even with the lower standard of making a “recommendation” to indict, one juror still expressed doubts. It is a tough task for Fani Willis – and all of the prosecutors who have brought charges against Trump this year – to get a unanimous vote to convict him.
Trump: Report has no credibility
Donald Trump has condemned the special grand jury’s report as “zero credible” in an angry online post.
According to Trump, the report “badly taints Fani Willis and this whole political witch hunt”.
In essence, they wanted to indict everyone breathing at the time. The finding is totally undermined by this.”.
Another Trump refrain is that the Georgia case is “election interference” by an “out of control prosecutor.”
Lindsey Graham and others have a close call
Former Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, as well as South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, narrowly avoided being indicted by Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis.
Former Senator Kelly Loeffler
An important revelation in a court document released in Georgia today is that the grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election recommended indictments for the three senators.
The three senators were not included in Willis’ racketeering charges against 19 people, including the former president.
A narrow majority of 12 out of 21 jurors was required for an indictment to be recommended.
This may have influenced the Atlanta district attorney’s decision not to charge the senators.
There is no doubt, however, that a highly politically charged case involving several former government officials could have been extended to include a current senator and two Georgia politicians with political ambitions.
Both Loeffler and Perdue lost their senate campaigns in 2020, giving the Democrats control of the upper chamber of Congress.
Charges were recommended against three US senators
The special grand jury recommended indictments against two former and one current US senators in connection with possible efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Georgia senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were recommended for charges related to the national effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
None of the 19 people charged with conspiracy to overturn the election, including the former president, were ultimately found guilty.
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There was a nearly indictment of a current and two former US senators for their involvement in turning the 2020 election in Trump’s favor, according to a new Georgia grand jury report.
The 18 co-conspirators indicted with Trump last month did not include them on the final list.
The report recommended charges against Georgia senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as well as South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham.
The special grand jury also named Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, adviser Boris Epshteyn and lawyers Lin Wood and Cleta Mitchell.
Trump and his allies may have broken the law during the 2020 election, according to a report released by the secret panel.
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