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Judge denies Trump’s latest request to quash grand jury report, remove DA from case

ATLANTA — We are entering a new phase of the grand jury investigation into the 2020 election in Fulton County.

There could be an indictment any day in the investigation into whether former president Donald Trump tried to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election.

Two grand juries have been seated and are meeting this week. Only one of them will be hearing evidence in the case.

A judge ruled on Monday that Trump’s latest motion to toss out that evidence and the district attorney will not happen.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney’s ruling effectively shut the door on Trump’s efforts to have District Attorney Fani Willis removed from the case and to suppress any and all the evidence uncovered by the special purpose grand jury.

Former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that he agreed with that ruling, saying Trump’s demands were premature.

“What the judge said is that this motion’s not ripe. And it’s not. There has not been any indictment,” Morgan said.

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Meanwhile, Fulton County continues to prepare for those potential indictments with orange barricades surrounding the courthouse for security.

Willis reported she received a racially offensive email over the weekend, prompting her to warn other county officials to take care.

“I am sending this to you as a reminder that you should stay alert over the month of August and stay safe,” Willis said in a memo.

Trump’s attorneys had accused Willis of having conflicts of interest, saying she showed bias against him.

But McBurney found no bias and instead, called out Trump for his own criticisms of Willis, like this comment he said at a previous rally:

“In the wings, they’ve got a local racist, Democratic district attorney in Atlanta who is doing everything in her power to indict me over a perfect phone call,” Trump said.

Of that criticism, McBurney wrote, “The drumbeat from the district attorney has been neither partisan nor political, in marked and refreshing contrast to the stream of personal invectives flowing from one of the movants.”

“I think what he was trying to say is what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Be careful,” Morgan said.

Willis’ office had no comment on Monday’s ruling. Elliot also reached out to Trump’s Georgia attorney Drew Findling, but he did not respond.

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