The Fulton County special grand jury in Georgia, which investigated former President Donald Trump and his allies’ attempts to overturn the 2020 election, has recommended additional indictments beyond those already filed. The final report, unsealed on Friday after months of secrecy, revealed that the grand jury suggested charging several individuals, including Republican senators Lindsey Graham, David Perdue, and Kelly Loeffler, as well as former Trump advisor Michael Flynn and attorney Cleta Mitchell.
While the special grand jury could not directly bring charges, it recommended indictments against 21 individuals. However, only 19 people were ultimately charged by a regular grand jury, with one person, Trump campaign operative Mike Roman, being indicted without being named in the report. The grand jury primarily recommended racketeering charges against the high-profile unindicted individuals, although it also suggested filing false document charges against Perdue.
The report also highlighted the “fake electors” scheme, in which GOP officials submitted a false slate of electors to Congress claiming Trump won Georgia. The special grand jury recommended additional charges against attorney Cleta Mitchell and 13 of the 16 electors involved in the scheme. Notably, the report did not provide reasoning behind why some individuals were charged while others were not.
The trial for attorneys Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, two of the defendants, is set to begin on October 23. The grand jury report suggests the possibility of a non-unanimous verdict, as some votes on the indictments had dissenting jurors. Georgia Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, one of the false electors, was named in the report but has not been charged yet. A special prosecutor will determine whether charges should be brought against Jones.
The special grand jury was convened in May 2022 as part of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into election interference. The jurors produced a final report recommending indictments, which were then used by Willis to present the case to a regular grand jury. The special grand jury’s final report was based on interviews with 75 witnesses.