Georgia police are investigating the Trump trial in Miami ahead of the Atlanta arraignment


June 13, 2023 | 11:57 p.m

Officials from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office traveled to New York and Miami to gather information on security operations at court hearings attended by Donald Trump. This is the clearest indication yet that the former president will be impeached in Georgia.

Atlanta-based news agency 11Alive News reported Tuesday that the sheriff’s office’s close monitoring of the two historic charges against the 76-year-old former president comes after Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said there were intentions to to release charges as part of her office’s investigation into Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in the Peach State.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office declined to provide the outlet with further details on security measures or procedures for a possible third indictment against Trump.

“We’re very proactive in our approach,” Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat told WSB-TV in Atlanta on Tuesday. “We’re doing a really good job today, reading tomorrow’s newspaper and understanding what safety and security looks like, so we’re holistically prepared.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at Trump National Golf Club June 13, 2023 in Bedminster, New Jersey. James Keivom

Labat described the trips as “an opportunity to learn and to ensure we are equally prepared.”

The sheriff’s office did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Willis reportedly sent letters to local law enforcement agencies in April, urging them to prepare for a “significant public response” to an announcement she said would be made between July 11 and September 1.

The announcement by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis includes her intention to announce indictments as part of her office’s investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to overturn the Georgia 2020 election results. AP

“Please accept this correspondence as notification so that you have adequate time to prepare the sheriff’s office and coordinate with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure our law enforcement community stands ready to protect the public,” Willis wrote in her Letter to Labat on the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“We have seen in recent years that some may commit acts of violence outside of public expressions protected by the First Amendment that endanger the safety of those we are sworn to protect,” Willis added in her letter. “As leaders, it’s our job to prepare.”

Willis launched her investigation into Trump and several of his allies more than two years ago.

Former President Donald Trump attends a post-impeachment event at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on June 13, 2023.REUTERS

The investigation was sparked by the revelation of a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call Trump made with Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, urging him to “find 11,780 votes” — just enough to get Joe Biden to overtake and reverse Trump’s narrow defeat in Georgia.

Interviewees before a special grand jury included former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Republican Gov. of Georgia Brian Kemp.

Willis, a Democrat, told a judge in January that the special grand jury had completed its investigation and indictment decisions were “imminent.”

Grand jury chairwoman Emily Kohrs announced in February that the panel had recommended multiple charges against Willis, but had not named specific people the panel had charged with crimes.

Trump, the front runner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in Georgia, calling his phone call with Raffensperger “perfect.”

In March, Trump became the first current or former US president in history to be prosecuted when a Manhattan grand jury indicted him on alleged falsification of business records related to hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Last week, Special Counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on 37 felonies related to his alleged mishandling and concealing of classified White House documents.

Trump has vehemently denied wrongdoing in both the Manhattan case and the federal case.

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