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Georgia grand jury finds no evidence of voter fraud

A Georgia grand jury said Thursday there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election, dismissing claims made by former president Donald Trump. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
1 of 2 | A Georgia grand jury said Thursday there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election, dismissing claims made by former president Donald Trump. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A grand jury in Georgia said Thursday there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election, dismissing claims made by former President Donald Trump.

A partially released grand jury report shows jurors voted unanimously, declaring there was no election interference that would result in overturning the results of the election.

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The panel also recommended criminal perjury charges against any witnesses who may have lied to them.

"A majority of the witnesses believes that perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses testifying before it. The grand jury recommends that the district attorney seek appropriate indictments for such crimes where the evidence is compelling," the report reads.

Judge Robert McBurney, of the Fulton County Superior Court for the fifth judicial administrative district , earlier in the week ordered the partial release of the grand jury's report.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis argued only the report's introduction and conclusion should be released, with charging decisions looming for multiple individuals.

McBurney agreed, although the judge did release one added section related to potential perjury among witnesses, without naming them.

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Juror's names are also redacted.

Willis, Atlanta's highest-ranking prosecutor, initially opened the probe into whether Trump broke Georgia election law in claiming there was widespread fraud. The investigation centered on a phone call, during which Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes" to overturn the state's certified election results, which favored Joe Biden.

The case is one of several separate investigations into possible interference during the 2020 presidential election.

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