ATLANTA (AP) — Fulton County DA, Fani Willis was hard at work long before the FBI started looking into Donald Trump’s hoarding of classified documents or Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special prosecutor to look into the former president.
The Fulton County DA announced she was looking into potential illegal “attempts to influence” the results in what has become one of America’s most important political battlegrounds just one month after Trump’s infamous January 2021 phone call suggesting Georgia’s secretary of state could overturn his election loss. Willis presided over an investigation that was so widely publicized that it appeared she would become the first prosecutor in American history to indict a former president. As she built her case, she called a parade of prominent witnesses before a special grand jury.
Instead, she appears set to overtake Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith to become the third person to charge Trump with a crime. But the indictment that Willis might file as early as this week could be the most comprehensive case against Trump as a result of his vain attempts to hold onto power after losing to Democrat Joe Biden. And according to some legal experts, it might be one of Trump’s strongest cases.
Clint Rucker, a prosecutor in Fulton County for more than 25 years who will retire in 2021, predicted that the level of sophistication and preparation of the prosecution would surprise people. That office is not a tiny, incompetent country hick organization from the hinterlands, said the speaker.
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Although Fulton County DA, Willis, has not stated that an indictment will be issued this week, her prior remarks and the increased security around the Fulton County courthouse give rise to the possibility that something is about to happen.
In advance of the anticipated charges, Trump has increased his criticism of Willis, referring to the 52-year-old Black woman as “a young woman, a young racist in Atlanta.”
Fulton County DA, Willis, has steadfastly refrained from responding to Trump’s insults. She warned her staff via email that his campaign’s vicious attack ad last week contained “derogatory and false information” about her and asked them to refrain from responding in public.