SUBSCRIBE NOW

SIGHT

Be informed. Be challenged. Be inspired.

Georgia law enforcement probe threats after Trump grand jury identified online

Washington DC, US
Reuters

Law enforcement officials were investigating threats related to former President Donald Trump’s election interference probe in Georgia, after the names and addresses of grand jury members were shared online, the local sheriff’s office said.

“Our investigators are working closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to track down the origin of threats in Fulton County and other jurisdictions,” the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Thursday. 

A sheriff's vehicle passes by the Lewis R Slaton Courthouse and Superior Court of Fulton County, after a Grand Jury brought back indictments against former US President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies in their attempt to overturn the state's 2020 election results, in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on 17th August, 2023.

A sheriff’s vehicle passes by the Lewis R Slaton Courthouse and Superior Court of Fulton County, after a Grand Jury brought back indictments against former US President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies in their attempt to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on 17th August, 2023. PICTURE: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Posts on social media of the purported names and addresses of the Fulton County grand jury were tracked by Advance Democracy, a non-profit research organisation whose president, Dan Jones, is a former FBI investigator and staffer for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The organisation also found posts employing violent rhetoric against Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, who oversaw the more-than-two-year investigation of a suspected scheme by Trump and 18 others to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Statements by Trump and his allies continue to inspire violent language and threats online,” Jones told Reuters. “The latest threats against jury members shows you don’t have to be a politician or government official to be the target. It’s critical that the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office take this matter seriously. Equally important is that political leaders on the right denounce these threats and the statements that inspire them.”

Fulton County contains Atlanta, Georgia’s largest city and the state capital.

Earlier this month, following an indictment by US Special Counsel Jack Smith on Republican Trump’s efforts to overturn his election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden, Trump lashed out on his Truth Social media site, saying, “IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I’M COMING AFTER YOU!”



The 98-page Georgia indictment on Monday listed 19 defendants and 41 criminal counts in all. Echoing his criticism of the other investigations he faces, Trump has called the indictment a political “witch hunt.” Trump is the front-runner for the Republican nomination to run for president in the 2024 election.

“We take this matter very seriously and are coordinating with our law enforcement partners to respond quickly to any credible threat and to ensure the safety of those individuals who carried out their civic duty,” the sheriff’s office said.


We rely on our readers to fund Sight's work - become a financial supporter today!

For more information, head to our Subscriber's page.


An indictment in Georgia that is available as a public record includes the names of grand jurors but not their addresses or any other personally identifiable information.

A woman from Texas was charged earlier this month with threatening the federal judge overseeing Trump’s separate criminal case in Washington about the 2020 election.

Reports by Advance Democracy, which conducts public investigations, this week found posts by users on at least four social media websites targeting the grand jurors that “often included violent rhetoric.”

“These jurors have signed their death warrant by falsely indicting President Trump,” one report quoted a poster as saying.

 

Donate



sight plus logo

Sight+ is a new benefits program we’ve launched to reward people who have supported us with annual donations of $26 or more. To find out more about Sight+ and how you can support the work of Sight, head to our Sight+ page.

Musings

TAKE PART IN THE SIGHT READER SURVEY!

We’re interested to find out more about you, our readers, as we improve and expand our coverage and so we’re asking all of our readers to take this survey (it’ll only take a couple of minutes).

To take part in the survey, simply follow this link…