According to legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, it’s only a matter of time before charges are brought against former President Donald Trump for his alleged involvement in an attempt to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
A judge on Tuesday heard arguments over whether to release a grand jury special report written after a seven-month investigation into Trump’s alleged manipulation.
The 2020 presidential votes were hand tallied and still held President Joe Biden as the victor in Georgia. Trump reportedly called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and asked him to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to beat Biden in the state. Despite Trump getting closer to Biden in the recount, Biden still won the state.
The investigation looked at whether any crimes were committed during Trump’s bid to win Georgia.
What did Fani Willis say?
Kirschner, who has claimed for months that Trump will be indicted over the Jan. 6, 2021 US Capitol riots and the former president’s efforts to overturn an election, cited Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as evidence, that Trump could be listed in the report as committing criminal charges.
In a Tuesday episode of MSNBC’s The ReidOut, Kirschner called Willis a silver lining in holding Trump accountable for his actions.
“We have waited for years for Donald Trump to be held accountable. Yesterday in court, Prosecutor Fani Willis said the DIRECT & SPECIFIC things we have heard so far from a prosecutor suggesting charges are coming,” Kirschner tweeted while sharing an episode of his appearance on The ReidOut.
Kirschner cited two words Willis used during her argument to keep the report under wraps pending charges. During her argument, Willis called for the report to be kept secret until charges were brought, so that future defendants would be treated fairly. She also said that the indictment was “imminent.”
Kirschner said that since Willis used the plural “defendants” and she said indictments are imminent, he believes indictments of Trump are expected soon.
“She didn’t use that word recklessly,” Kirschner said on The ReidOut. “She is considering dropping the charges against whoever the grand jury recommended.”
What happens if charges are brought?
Joy Reid, host of The ReidOut, was more skeptical. In the same segment, she hosted Jason Johnson, Professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University. Willis faces a long road if charges are brought against Trump, and Johnson said Willis must win the trial. If she wins the case, the consequences for meddling in the election could be as small as being fined or banned from running for office again.
Johnson said he wouldn’t believe Trump would face serious consequences until he saw Trump in a jumpsuit.
“I don’t care about little things,” Johnson said. “I want people to go to jail.”
Trump faces multiple investigations, including his involvement in election interference and possession of classified documents at his home in Mar-a-Lago. The former president is once again seeking the Oval Office and announced his 2024 presidential campaign in November.
news week has reached out to Trump’s campaign for comment.