The foreperson of a special grand jury convened in Fulton County, Georgia, to investigate possible election interference by President Donald Trump and his allies set out on a media tour on Tuesday, sparking fears among legal experts that she could jeopardize indictments from the DA’s office due to her loose-lipped interviews.
In a series of unconventional interviews, forewoman Emily Kohrs has repeatedly publicized the inner workings of the grand jury that are typically meant to be kept under wraps.
During one of her interviews, Kohrs spoke to MSNBC and told them why she personally wanted to subpoena Trump.
“I wanted to hear from the former president, but honestly, I wanted to subpoena the former president because I got to swear everybody in,” Kohrs said, giggling uncomfortably. “And so I thought it would be really cool to get 60 seconds with President Trump, of me looking at him and be like, ‘Do you solemnly swear,’ and me getting to swear him in… I kind of just thought that would be an awesome moment.”
You get a sense of the excitement this Democrat felt as she investigated President Trump as the forewoman of the Fulton County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/ZcWPmdNC9i
— @amuse (@amuse) February 22, 2023
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In another interview with CNN, Kohrs dropped hints about potentially upcoming indictments.
When asked about the number of recommended indictments, Kohrs didn’t keep much to herself, saying, “It’s not a short list. It’s not.”
“There may be some names on that list that you wouldn’t expect, but the big name that everyone keeps asking me about – I don’t think you will be shocked,” Kohrs said, alluding to a possible indictment of Trump.
In a later interview with CNN, Kohrs also said that the indictments could surpass a dozen.
It is clear the forewoman of the Fulton County Grand Jury took her job seriously as she recommended the prosecution of a LOT of Republicans. Justice! pic.twitter.com/7qEYQpz3zP
— @amuse (@amuse) February 22, 2023
In an interview with the New York Times, Kohrs eluded to the fact that her panel recommended charges against Trump, saying, “You’re not going to be shocked. It’s not rocket science.”
Per the opinions of legal experts, Kohrs’ remarks could complicate future cases and undermine the public’s confidence in the criminal justice process.
Former federal prosecutor Elie Hoing told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Kohr’s interviews were a “horrible idea” and have led to a “nightmare” for prosecutors.
“Mark my words, Donald Trump’s team is going to make a motion if there’s an indictment to dismiss that indictment based on grand jury impropriety,” he said. “She’s not supposed to be talking about anything, really.”
Dan Abrams, ABC News’ chief legal analyst said that what Kohrs is doing “isn’t helpful to the perception of the objectivity of the criminal justice system, and it starts to feel like she’s putting pressure on the district attorney to actually move forward with charges.”
On Wednesday, Trump slammed Kohr for her trainwreck of a media tour, calling the case “ridiculous.” He posted on Truth Social, saying,
“This Georgia case is ridiculous, a strictly political continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt of all time. Now you have an extremely energetic young woman, the (get this!) “foreperson” of the Racist D.A.’s Special Grand Jury, going around and doing a Media Tour revealing, incredibly, the Grand Jury’s inner workings & thoughts. This is not JUSTICE, this is an illegal Kangaroo Court. Atlanta is leading the Nation in Murder and other Violent Crimes. All I did is make TWO PERFECT PHONE CALLS!!!”