Since last May, a special grand jury in Georgia has been examining whether the former president and others committed crimes by pressuring that state’s politicians over the 2020 election results. Also on Monday, a federal judge rejected the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s attempt not to appear before the special jury, for which she will have to testify on August 23 to answer about two alleged phone calls she made to Georgia election officials.
In Georgia and other US states, special grand juries cannot issue criminal indictments, but they do have the power to subpoena witnesses and transfer documents, in a process that takes place in secret. At the end of their mission, this type of jury – made up of between 16 and 23 people – issues a report with its conclusions and sometimes recommends one measure or another, but it is up to the prosecutors to decide whether to accuse or not, something for which they would need to present evidence. to another grand jury.