Feb 13 (Reuters) – Excerpts from a Georgia special grand jury’s final report on Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 presidential election are to be released publicly, but no recommendations for or against indictment have yet to be made. Will remain sealed, a state judge ruled Monday.

The panel’s findings, which have been sealed since the report’s existence in January, could potentially serve as the basis for criminal charges against Trump or his allies who tried to overturn Democratic President Joe Biden’s statewide victory. did.

In an order Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said three parts of the report would be released Thursday: introduction, findings and a section in which the grand jury “discusses its concern that some witnesses testified under oath.” Might have lied.” ,

But he declined to release the full report at this time, including whether individuals should be charged. This was out of concern about the due process rights of potential defendants, who were not given a chance to respond to any charges during the grand jury process.

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“This is especially true if the final report of the grand jury includes recommendations to indict people who never appeared before the grand jury and therefore had no opportunity, whether limited or not, to be heard,” he said. wrote.

The decision whether to file criminal charges ultimately rests with Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis. In a court hearing on January 25, Willis told McBurney that decisions to charge were “imminent” and urged him to keep the grand jury report under wraps to ensure that future defendants could not commit foul play.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and accused Willis of working for political gain. The former president was not summoned and did not appear before the special grand jury.

Reporting by Joseph Axe; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Chizu Nomiyama

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