Fulton County D.A. Willis has a message on possible Trump indictments: Get ready

(Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said this summer she will announce whether or not Donald Trump and his allies will be indicted for crimes related to alleged interference in Georgia’s 2020 election. She sent a letter to local (Atlanta) law enforcement. She asked them to be ready for “heightened security and preparedness” because she predicted her announcement “may provoke a significant public reaction.”


Hmm. I wonder what she means by that. Oh, wait, no I don’t wonder. I predict that Willis will indict the former president who is now running for a second term and she may do the same to some of his allies that were called in to testify. Keep in mind that Willis is a very aggressive and ambitious woman who is up for re-election as this story plays out. She claims the fact that Trump allegedly called Georgia election officials and asked them to ‘find’ about 11,000 votes to erase his loss in the state in 2020 amounts to election interference.

The letter wasn’t so much to give a heads-up to law enforcement that they may need all hands on deck the day the indictments are announced if indictments are coming. It was to tease that indictments are coming. Unfortunately for the law enforcement agencies tasked with keeping the city peaceful, Willis gave a broad timeline when she notified them that possible criminal indictments may be issued between July 11 and September 1. She is signaling that she is seeking indictments against Trump and his allies.

Sheriff Patrick Labat sent a team to New York to study the intense security surrounding the former president’s unprecedented trip to the courthouse earlier this month. The challenges in Atlanta are different than in Manhattan, though.

Criminal charges against Trump could mean a security challenge the likes of which Atlanta hasn’t seen since the Super Bowl in 2019. Officials said they have been tested in recent years by heated protests, blockbuster events and high-profile court activity.

And while Fulton County officials learned from their counterparts in Manhattan the situation in metro Atlanta is different.

Here there are fewer police – New York City has roughly 18 times as many officers as the city of Atlanta. In Fulton County there are also likely to be multiple defendants. And Georgia has looser gun laws, raising the prospect of pistol-packing protesters outside the courthouse.


A 2014 Georgia law limits local government’s ability to restrict guns in public spaces. Anthony Kreis, an assistant professor of law at Georgia State University said state law prohibits carrying guns into courthouses but not surrounding areas. So, protesters may show up outside the courthouse and legally carry a gun. Gun rights alarm Democrats and apparently, this is a major concern for Fani Willis.

But Gary Kleck, professor emeritus in the College of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida State University and an expert on gun control and politics, said Georgia’s laws will make it tougher for police.

“Given the many Trump supporters who possessed guns on the Jan. 6 protests, Atlanta police have good reason to regard gun carrying by protesters as a serious threat and to see Georgia’s permitless carry law as a complication of their duty to protect people in the vicinity of a courthouse,” he said.

Those mean Trump supporters carrying their firearms and exercising their 2nd Amendment rights is what Willis is afraid will set Atlanta on fire. The sheriff’s office is coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies and is working on a comprehensive plan for increased security during the next few months.“One of my biggest concerns is the number of people that potentially could embark on Fulton County – what that looks like – and our goal is to keep our courthouse safe,” Labat said.


Labat reviewed courthouse security last year while Yates did the same for the adjacent buildings. Security at the Fulton courthouse is already ramped up because of the ongoing YSL gang trial.

“We have seen in recent years that some may go outside of public expressions of opinion that are protected by the First Amendment to engage in acts of violence that will endanger the safety of those we are sworn to protect,” Willis wrote. “As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to prepare.”

It’s pretty clear that Willis wouldn’t bother with a letter like this to law enforcement if she wasn’t going to indict Trump and/or his allies. She has indicated she would move in that direction for months. In January she told the judge overseeing the special grand jury that was investigating the 2020 Georgia election that her decision on charges was “imminent.” Then she walked that back after the remark caused a stir in the press, as she knew it would.

We’ll see if she pulls the trigger this summer. An indictment, in this case, could prove to be the most dangerous for Trump. Interfering with an election is not something a candidate running for president wants to be charged with, right? He’s already involved in the case in Manhattan, thanks to D.A. Bragg. And, he’s in court over the alleged rape charge by the author that allegedly happened decades ago. Add the Georgia case to the mix, as well as the investigation into the classified documents found in the Mar-a-Lago raid. It’s a pile-on to take out Trump from running for president. That’s what the Democrats are hoping for – voters will be distracted and move away from supporting Trump because of his legal problems on top of the chaos his first term as president was known for.


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