- Trump and his associates are being investigated for trying to sway the 2020 election in Georgia.
- Fulton County DA Fannie Willis previously said people could face prison terms for the allegations.
- The DA’s team is preparing to make moves after Election Day, CNN reported.
Developments in Georgia’s special grand jury investigation into Donald Trump and his associates may not come before the midterms, but indictments could be issued as early as December, according to CNN.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is leading an investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to interfere with the results of the 2020 Georgia election beginning in February 2021. Among the allegations is a scheme to send fake voter ballots to the state Capitol to overturn them Results .
Willis told the Washington Post in mid-September that “the allegations are very serious” and that “people face prison terms” if charged and convicted.
But a major move like that won’t happen until the Nov. 8 midterm elections. CNN reported that Willis said her office would go dark on any major updates on the case starting later this week to avoid the appearance of influencing the election.
Instead, unnamed sources familiar with the investigation told the agency that any major activity, such as indictments, could begin by December.
“I think her hands are tied, certainly, until the midterms,” Michael J. Moore, former U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “He wants to take some of the politics out of it so that he makes sure the inquiry is not forgotten, rather than rattling sabers and calling other witnesses, you’d say you know we’re going to take this time to think about the inquiry.”
Since the start of the grand jury investigation, prosecutors have issued a series of subpoenas to Trump allies and government officials, including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Trump’s legal advisers John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Cleta Mitchell and Jenna Ellis.
Boris Epshteyn, another Trump lawyer, and former chief of staff Mark Meadows have also testified before the grand jury.
The county attorney has yet to make a decision on seeking a deposition from Trump.
At the start of the investigation was a call two days before the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when Trump pressed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” extra votes to help the former president win the state.
The investigation has since expanded to look at an alleged scheme to send voter rolls that could overturn the state’s election results.
A representative from the district attorney’s office could not immediately return a request for comment.