On Monday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis announced that a decision on whether former President Donald Trump and his allies should be charged in connection to the attempts to interfere with Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results would be made this summer.
In a letter sent to local law enforcement, Willis revealed the timetable in which an announcement would be made, urging them to prepare for “heightened security and preparedness” because the announcement is likely to “provoke a significant public reaction.” She further added that a possible criminal indictment will be announced between July 11 and Sept. 1. This is one of the clearer indications that Willis is reaching a decision on whether to indict Trump and his allies.
Willis wrote to Fulton Sheriff Patrick Labat, that this correspondence was given as notice so that the Sheriff’s Office could have the opportunity to organize law enforcement in the area in order to “protect the public.”
Similar letters were also sent to Darin Schierbaum, Atlanta’s chief of police, and Matthew Kallmyer, director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency. As Willis argued in recent years there have been some who would “engage in acts of violence that will endanger the safety” of others instead of just expressing their public opinion which is protected by the First Amendment
Trump has also called for mass demonstrations in response to any actions by prosecutors against him, which has led to additional concerns being raised about the possibility of violent unrest unfolding. Willis’ investigation was launched more than two years ago, and according to some legal observers, the letters are an indication that Willis will choose to indict Trump.