‘Breakdown’ Episode 22: Its Work Is Done

The Fulton special purpose grand jury concludes its investigation of Donald Trump and his allies. But will their report be made public?

The Fulton County special purpose grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump and his allies has finished its work.

In an order signed Jan. 9, Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said the special grand jury had finished writing its final report - which, if it recommends bringing charges against the former president, could be one of the most consequential legal documents in recent U.S. history.

McBurney, who has been overseeing the special grand jury’s work for the last eight months, thanks the 23 special grand jurors and three alternates for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to the matter. “It was no small sacrifice to serve,” the judge wrote.

The most recent episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Breakdown podcast explores the ramifications of the dissolution of the special grand jury. It also ponders the question as to when the final report could be released and, if so, whether some information will have to be redacted before it is made public.

The special grand jury, which cannot issue indictments, has been investigating whether possible crimes were committed here in Georgia after the 2020 presidential election.

Episode 22 - “Its Work Is Done” - of Breakdown’s ninth season, “The Trump Grand Jury,” includes interviews with three former district attorneys who oversaw special purpose grand juries and who explain the statutes and case law governing them. And one thing becomes clear: because special grand juries are so rarely used, the process of what happens once one finishes its work is not at all that straightforward.

“You got to remember, when we’re talking about this, we’re almost - I don’t want to say we’re making it up as we go along - but the law is not clear in this area,” former Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said.

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