May 2, 2022
23 Georgians were selected to serve on the Special Grand Jury.
The Special Grand Jury can subpoena witnesses to testify, consult with experts, as well as compel the production of documents, emails, and other relevant records.
The Special Grand Jury can not issue an indictment. It can only issue a report with recommendations for further action. The District Attorney would then have to present their recommendations to a regular grand jury with the power to issue indictments if she wanted to pursue criminal charges.
August 2, 2022
DA Willis stated she was at least 60 days away from having to decide whether to subpoena Trump to the Special Grand Jury.
August 29, 2022
DA Willis stated she is approximately “60% through all of the people” that she intends to bring before the Special Grand Jury and that the report will not be completed until after the November general election.
It was reported that DA Willis is “aiming to quickly wrap up the grand jury’s work after the midterm elections and could begin issuing indictments as early as December” 2022.
It was reported that DA Willis may be exploring immunity agreements with some of the false electors.
Judge McBurney issued an order detailing that the Special Grand Jury had fulfilled its duties and submitted its final report to the judicial bench for review.
January 24, 2023
Judge McBurney held a hearing for stakeholders to present arguments as to whether the Special Grand Jury report should be publicly disclosed. DA Willis advocated for the report to be kept private for the time being and revealed at the hearing that her decision on whether to seek indictments was “imminent.”
February 13, 2023
Judge Robert McBurney, citing due process and other considerations, ruled that portions of the special grand jury report will remain private. In that ruling, he also announced that three sections of the report will be released in the near future: the introduction, the conclusion, and a section regarding concerns that “some witnesses may have lied under oath during their testimony to the grand jury.”
On February 16, 2023,
the SGJ “received evidence from or involving 75 witnesses[;]”
the SGJ members voted unanimously that “no widespread fraud took place in the Georgia 2020 presidential election that could result in overturning that election[;]”
and that a majority of the SGJ members believe “perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses testifying before it” and recommend that DA Willis seek indictments where appropriate.