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New Special Grand Jury "Perilous" For Trump
Demographics, RICO, Ambitions All Make Indictment of Trump Likely
Demographics, RICO, Ambitions All Make Indictments Likely
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 21, 2022) - The move to establish a new special grand jury in Georgia - one capable of issuing subpoenas and of focusing solely on Donald Trump and this associates - "is seen by legal experts as potentially perilous for the former president," concludes the New York Times. Earlier a distinguished legal panel concluded that the criminal investigation leaves Trump at "substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes."
Public interest law professor John Banzhaf, whose formal complaint to Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis triggered the ongoing criminal investigation, agrees, noting several reasons why the investigation for which he was the catalyst is more likely to indict Trump, and possibly to convict him, than any federal criminal investigations.
Requesting a special grand jury is a clear sign that her criminal investigation to date, performed largely with staff interviews and a regular grand jury, has made serious progress, and is now moving towards what is typically the last and windup phase before voting on proposed indictments, says Banzhaf, whose prior complaints helped obtain special prosecutors for former president Richard Nixon, an investigation and subsequent reprimand of former congressman Barney Frank, the addition of female members to the formerly all-male Cosmos Club in D.C., and the admission of the first female to either of the two formerly all-male state-operated military academies.
The law professor is also known as "The Man Behind The Ban on Cigarette Commercials,"
While the federal government is also conducting a criminal investigation and could potentially indict Trump, it is limited to a narrower range of possible crimes, and there appears to be no "smoking gun" evidence.
Biden, also may not want to be suspected of orchestrating a criminal prosecution of his predecessor and potential 2024 rival. In addition, any such federal indictment and prosecution would face enormous pressure from Trump's many allies in Congress who may control the House, and possible even the Senate, after the next election.
In contrast, Willis has been described as a tough, feisty, and very ambitious Democratic prosecutor for a heavily Democratic county. So prosecuting Trump would provide a major boost to her image and political career.