(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Donald Trump has suffered a legal setback in Georgia’s grand jury investigation into allegations that he tried to overturn the results from the 2020 presidential election in the state.
On Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney turned down the former president’s request to disqualify the inquiry’s prosecutor and to block any indictments that could stem from the probe.
Besides that, the judge also refused to dismiss a special report by the previous grand jury issued in December 2022, which features undisclosed recommendations of who should be charged over the alleged attempt to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results, Reuters reports, as cited by Newsmax.
In another move by former President Trump’s legal team, described as a “long-shot,” his attorneys filed a separate bid to disqualify the Fulton County DA, Fani Willis, a Democrat.
The request will be heard by a judge from another county next week since, besides Willis, it also names McBurney, leading all Fulton County judges to be recused from hearing it.
The Georgia grand jury report recommending who could be indicted in the case remains sealed pending charges.
According to the report, Monday’s ruling came possibly days ahead of potential indictments.
It notes Democrat DA Willis “has strongly indicated” her intention to request that a grand jury approve charges at some point over the next three weeks.
She revealed her staffers would work remotely most of the time “as a safety precaution,” and last week saw the erection of security barricades outside the Fulton County courthouse.
Former President Trump has denied attempting to overturn the Georgia election and has claimed that Willis engages in political persecution against him.
The report notes that the DA, an elected Democrat, began investigating Trump shortly after he was allegedly recorded telling Georgia’s top election official to “find” enough votes to reverse Biden’s victory.
Willis’ probe has also targeted the former president’s lawyers, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, plus a group of “alternate electors” who allegedly tried to get Georgia’s electoral votes awarded to Trump instead of Biden.
Willis convened the former Georgia grand jury that issued the December report to help her anti-Trump investigation. It subpoenaed dozens of people for testimonies but had no authority to file charges.
JUST IN: The judge presiding over a Georgia grand jury investigation into Donald Trump on Monday rejected the former president's bid to disqualify the prosecutor leading the inquiry and to block any indictments stemming from the probe. https://t.co/BlwST8200W
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