Former President Donald Trump has had his last-ditch effort to derail a criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election rejected by the Georgia Supreme Court.
In a unanimous ruling, the justices, eight of which were appointed by Republican governors, said that Trump’s lawyers had failed to present “either the facts or the law necessary to mandate Willis’ disqualification by this court at this time on this record.”
The court had been asked to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the investigation and to “quash the Special Purpose Grand Jury’s report and to bar use of its contents in any future proceedings, whether civil or criminal.”
Trump’s team was unable to provide any previous case from the last forty years in which the state supreme court was asked to intervene in such a manner, which likely contributed to the court’s decision.
Regardless, a grand jury in Georgia that could ultimately decide to indict the former president and his allies was officially sworn in Tuesday afternoon. Jurors were chosen over the course of three hours in front of Judge Robert McBurney in Atlanta.
Willis has thus far given indications in letters to local law enforcement that indictments could happen between July 31st and August 18th.
However, it’s important to note that Trump has maintained his innocence in all four instances. More than half of the “fake electors” of the Georgia Republican party that convened to declare Trump the winner of the state in the 2020 election have already accepted immunity deals and one additional elector represented by a different attorney reportedly had a deal in place.
Presently, Trump faces criminal charges in three different cases. The first is the alleged hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels that was brought forth by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an instance that has been widely criticized by the Left as being weak and politically motivated.
The second charge comes from Trump retaining classified national defense documents that were recovered during an FBI raid last August. Similarly, he potentially faces federal criminal charges in a separate investigation over his election alteration efforts.
Time will tell whether any actual indictments appear on the horizon. For now, however, the former president must accept the outcomes of his legal bids.