Duncan’s Day in Court: Will This Be the Turning Point for Trump’s 2020 Inquiry?

In a recent development, Georgia’s esteemed former Lt. Governor, Geoff Duncan, has publicly acknowledged his upcoming appearance before the Fulton County grand jury. In a statement on social media, Duncan expressed his readiness to address questions related to the 2020 election. He emphasized, “Republicans should always stand firm in their commitment to truth and transparency.”

While further details were sought from Duncan, he maintained a reserved stance, directing them to his previous statement. Similarly, ABC News received a response indicating that no additional information was available. Efforts to get a comment from the Trump campaign remain ongoing.

This unfolding event suggests that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is nearing the conclusion of her extensive investigation into former President Donald Trump’s inquiries about the 2020 presidential election results. Willis’s dedication to this case has spanned over two years, showcasing her commitment to ensuring a thorough review.

Earlier in July, Willis had expressed her intent to make significant decisions related to the election investigation by September 1, 2023. She reaffirmed her promise: 

“I’ve pledged to the American people, especially the residents of Fulton County, that we will make decisive moves concerning the election investigation. I stand by that promise.”

As President Trump ardently campaigns for a return to the White House, he remains steadfast in ensuring that only legitimate votes are counted. However, his path is intertwined with several legal challenges, a scenario absent during his 2016 campaign.

Apart from the Fulton County investigation, Trump faces charges in three distinct criminal cases:

  • The New York County’s hush money case
  • The Mar-a-Lago documents case in Florida
  • The January 6 election case in the District of Columbia

Notably, the Mar-a-Lago documents case, overseen by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, is set to commence by May 20, with a pretrial hearing scheduled for May 14. The New York hush money case is slated for March 25, 2024. The January 6 election case timeline remains uncertain, though there’s a push for an early start by January 2.

Furthermore, two civil lawsuits against Trump are on the horizon. New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges financial discrepancies related to asset valuation, set for trial in October. Additionally, a January trial will address writer E. Jean Carroll’s claims, which President Trump has vehemently denied.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan recently made a pivotal decision concerning releasing evidence in the trial examining the 2020 electoral vote count. While prosecutors sought to restrict former President Trump from disclosing non-sensitive evidence, Judge Chutkan implemented a more balanced gag order. This order mandates both parties to obtain court approval before releasing any information deemed “sensitive.”