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 July 16, 2023

Donald Trump looks to remove district attorney from his case

The legal team of former President Donald Trump is currently looking to remove the Georgia prosecutor who is investigating Trump from the case. 

In fact, according to CNN, this is one of at least three things that Trump's team is trying to do.

Per the outlet:

Trump’s lawyers filed petitions this week attempting to throw out the evidence collected last year by a special grand jury, banning prosecutors from presenting that material to a newly empaneled grand jury that has charging powers, and disqualifying District Attorney Fani Willis from any related proceedings.

The petitions have been filed with several different courts, including the Fulton County Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Georgia. And, what Trump is trying to stop is the ongoing grand jury process.

The investigation into Trump, which is being led by Willis - a Democrat - is focusing on Trump's alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Throughout the investigation, Willis has presented evidence to a "special purpose grand jury," and it is this grand jury that will decide whether or not prosecutors have sufficient evidence to actually indict Trump.

The evidence that Willis has presented to the grand jury, according to reports, has mostly been witness testimony. Willis is said to have placed at least 75 witnesses before the grand jury, witnesses that include everyone from Georgia election officials to associates of Trump.

It is expected that an indictment could be forthcoming, particularly in the next month or so.

Trump, at several points, has attempted to stop Willis's investigation in its tracks. But, thus far, Trump has been unsuccessful.

The recently-filed petitions are Trump's latest attempt to halt the investigation.

Trump's legal team is arguing to the courts that Willis's investigation is "a violation of his fundamental constitutional rights."

Trump's attornies write:

Even in an extraordinarily novel case of national significance, one would expect matters to take their normal procedural course within a reasonable time. But nothing about these processes have been normal or reasonable. And the all-but-unavoidable conclusion is that the anomalies below are because petitioner is President Donald J. Trump.

The attornies go on to say that "A regular Fulton County grand jury could return an indictment any day that will have been based on a report and predicate investigative process that were wholly without authority."

They add, "It is one thing to indict a ham sandwich. To indict the mustard-stained napkin that it once sat on is quite another."

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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