Trump Grand Jury Recommended ‘Multiple Indictments’

The jury forewoman is offering hints.

NYT (“Jury in Georgia Trump Inquiry Recommended Multiple Indictments, Forewoman Says“):

A special grand jury that investigated election interference by former President Donald J. Trump and his allies in Georgia recommended indictments of multiple people on a range of charges in its report, most of which remains sealed, the forewoman of the jury said in an interview today.

“It is not a short list,” the forewoman, Emily Kohrs, said, adding that the jury had appended eight pages of legal code “that we cited at various points in the report.”

She declined to discuss who specifically the special grand jury recommended for indictment, since the judge handling the case decided to keep those details secret when he made public a few sections of the report last week. But seven sections that are still under wraps deal with indictment recommendations, Ms. Kohrs said.

Asked whether the jurors had recommended indicting Mr. Trump, Ms. Kohrs gave a cryptic answer: “You’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science,” adding “you won’t be too surprised.”

The investigation in Atlanta has been seen as one of the most significant legal threats to Mr. Trump as he begins another run for the presidency. In November, the Justice Department named a special counsel, Jack Smith, to oversee two Trump-related criminal investigations. And last month, the Manhattan district attorney’s office began presenting evidence to a grand jury on whether Mr. Trump paid hush money to a porn star during his 2016 presidential campaign, laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges against the former president in the coming months.

A focal point of the Atlanta inquiry is a call that Mr. Trump made on Jan. 2, 2021, to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, in which he pressed Mr. Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to recalculate the results and “find” 11,780 votes, or enough to overturn his loss in the state.

“We definitely started with the first phone call, the call to Secretary Raffensperger that was so publicized,” said Ms. Kohrs, whom The Associated Press first named and spoke with on Tuesday about the election meddling investigation.

“I will tell you that if the judge releases the recommendations, it is not going to be some giant plot twist,” she added. “You probably have a fair idea of what may be in there. I’m trying very hard to say that delicately.”

Why the hell Kohrs is talking to reporters about privileged deliberations, I don’t know, but I guess after seven months of work on the case she wants some attention. That said, I don’t expect any surprises: there was a deliberate attempt to coerce state election officials to steal the election. That they did their duty doesn’t make the attempt not a crime.

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  1. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    I’m not thinking that this woman shooting her mouth off is helpful to the Fulton County DA, no matter how vague she thinks she is being.

  2. Sleeping Dog says:

    In one article on the grand jury, it was noted that the members were asked/told not to talk about specific information, particularly who was recommended for indictment and for what. The implication was that other types of information, general observations, discussing the process etc was allowable.

    Given that so little information has come forth as to the DA’s intentions, the forewoman’s gossip is passing as important news. If the DA wants to forestall more leaks, then she hasten her decisions on indictment. After all there are 26 citizens for whom this grand jury has taken over their lives, the further from the dismissal date the more people are going to talk, even if it is to friends and family, and that information will makes its way into reporting.

  3. Kathy says:

    I won’t speculate or even hope until Benito the cheeto is charged.

  4. JKB says:

    This quote is revealing and doesn’t bode well for the quality of the grand jury’s work. Should they go forth with indictments, then we’ll see how things stand up to challenge in the adversarial process. Or we’ll see this was just a media content exercise.

    Grand Jury Forperson Emily Kohrs: “Personally… I wanted to hear from the former president. But honestly, I kind of wanted to subpoena the former president, because I got to swear everybody in. And so I thought it’d be really cool to get 60 seconds with President Trump of me looking at him and being like, do you solemnly swear? And me getting to swear him in, I just, I kind of thought that would be an awesome moment.”

  5. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    Denial is not a river in Egypt.

    “I just want to find 11,780 votes”

    Your fat orange idol is a corrupt bitch. He’s gotten away with stealing from the American people for decades. You can’t reasonably expect that to continue forever.

  6. Jay L Gischer says:

    @JKB: I dunno man. I think it says less than you think it does.

  7. CSK says:

    Cool? Awesome? Ms. Kohrs sounds a bit like an aging Valley Girl.

  8. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JKB: This quote is revealing and doesn’t bode well for the quality of the grand jury’s work.

    In what F’n way?

    Who wouldn’t think it would be cool to swear in an ex-President for Grand Jury testimony? It would be a f’n historical moment. To be a part of it? Even in the smallest of ways?

    You are a sad and broken little man.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jay L Gischer: It says more about JKB than it does about her.

  10. Jay L Gischer says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I have had similar overreactions to things in the course of my life. So I agree with you except for the ad hominem. I think this sort of thing can happen to anyone. It has happened to me. I eventually figured that out, and didn’t like it. So I try to A) not do it, and B) not demean other people for doing it, because that would imply demeaning myself, which I would prefer not to do.

    This is all part of “How Jay keeps from getting too depressed”.

  11. Kathy says:


    Who wouldn’t think it would be cool to swear in an ex-President for Grand Jury testimony?

    In this case, it would be like asking Santa for a pony and getting a pile of horse manure instead.

  12. daryl and his brother darryl says:

    @daryl and his brother darryl:

    He’s gotten away with stealing from the American people for decades.

    Off-topic, except that it is about Trump and illegality…turns out Trump Tower is worth way less than Trump says.

  13. Michael Reynolds says:

    Trump is done. You’re going to have to find a new Führer.

  14. CSK says:

    @Michael Reynolds:
    I’d very much like to believe Trump is done. I think he is, in the sense of being unelectable, but that alone won’t prevent him from doing further harm. At the least, he’ll end up a constant irritant.

  15. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Jay L Gischer: I have had similar overreactions to things in the course of my life.

    We all do, but in service to a troll like trump? C’mon, admit it, secretly deep inside, you are laughing.