The next is a transcript of an interview with Drew Findling and Jennifer Little, attorneys for former President Donald Trump, that aired on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023.
MARGARET BRENNAN: The investigation of Former President Trump in Fulton County, Georgia took a wierd flip final week — and Mr. Trump’s attorneys now argue it may influence a doable trial. On the middle of the controversy: Emily Kohrs, the forewoman for the particular grand jury that investigated alleged election interference in Georgia by Trump and his allies. Kohrs gave a number of interviews wherein she hinted that greater than a dozen key gamers, maybe even the previous president, might need been really helpful for indictments. Now, particular grand juries can’t indict, however that suggestion may immediate the District Legal professional to create a felony grand jury. The choose overseeing the case advised CNN final week that though the deliberations are confidential, “what witnesses mentioned, what you place within the report, these are usually not off limits” to these on the jury. The attorneys for President Trump within the Georgia case had not given an interview to any TV community, however the Kohrs media tour prompted them to speak to our Robert Costa.
EMILY KOHRS TO NBC NEWS: I type of needed to subpoena the previous president, as a result of I obtained to swear all people in. And so I assumed it’d be actually cool to get 60 seconds with President Trump.
CNN REPORTER: Did you suggest fees towards Donald Trump?
EMILY KOHRS TO CNN: I actually don’t need to share one thing that the choose made a aware choice to not share.
ROBERT COSTA: Might Emily Kohrs’ public disclosures jeopardize the case that could possibly be introduced by Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis? Kohrs is a part of a “particular function” grand jury that heard months of testimony from greater than 75 witnesses about alleged Republican efforts to stress state officers like Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn President Biden’s victory in Georgia.
AUDIO CLIP: TRUMP- RAFFENSPERGER AUDIO: “Look Brad, I gotta get, I’ve to seek out 12,000 votes, and I’ve them.”
ROBERT COSTA: Kohrs advised the particular grand jury submitted a report back to Willis final month that really helpful a number of indictments on a variety of fees. However Willis has but to determine whether or not or to not convene a felony grand jury that might concern indictments towards some Trump allies, and even the previous president himself.
Drew Findling and Jennifer Little head up the previous president’s authorized crew within the Georgia case. They are saying that Emily Kohrs’ media tour has tainted any try by District Legal professional Willis to maneuver towards charging Trump.
ROBERT COSTA: What are your choices?
DREW FINDLING: Are the outcomes of that particular function grand jury to be crumbled up like a bit of paper and thrown right into a wastepaper basket? Our choices are, can this district legal professional’s workplace proceed to be a part of this case? Now we have to legally analysis all of these points.
ROBERT COSTA: Have you ever misplaced confidence within the district legal professional?
DREW FINDLING: We’ve misplaced one hundred pc confidence on this course of. We really feel this course of has been compromised
COSTA NARRATING: Emily Kohrs, they are saying, is to not blame.
DREW FINDLING: This 30-year-old particular person, to us, has really offered us a lens and made us conscious that each suspicion we had as to this questionable course of was the truth is a actuality.
ROBERT COSTA: However she didn’t break any guidelines although, proper? She could have damaged a norm however the grand jury was over by the point she went on this media tour, as you place it. So what did she do flawed in your view legally?
DREW FINDLING: Now we have no chagrin in direction of this foreperson. And it seems to be like they misplaced perspective over holding separation between prosecuting attorneys and the members of this grand jury. There can’t be a relationship. When the foreperson makes use of the phrase ‘we’ that permits you to know there’s a relationship there. When she says in interviews ‘sure battles weren’t value us battling,’ it’s not the particular function grand jury that’s litigating, it’s the district legal professional’s workplace.
ROBERT COSTA: She mentioned it wouldn’t be well worth the battle, they determined to name your consumer in, former President Trump, in as a witness.
DREW FINDLING: And, and –
ROBERT COSTA: That’s an announcement she made.
DREW FINDLING: Proper, and- and who is aware of what that’s based mostly on.
ROBERT COSTA: He wasn’t known as within the particular grand jury a part of this investigation. Did that shock you? And if he was known as, would you’ve fought that subpoena?
JENNIFER LITTLE: I’m not going to talk to what our authorized selections would have been. But it surely was stunning and notably as soon as we heard the explanation why he wasn’t known as, after we had our foreperson of this grand jury talking about how excited and funky it might have been to have the ability to take a look at Donald Trump, the previous president of america, for 60 seconds, however that they only decided that given the sources and the opposite witnesses that that they had heard of, that they only didn’t must have any extra proof at that time. It’s regarding that that was the extent of diligence that was proven in that call, and it was stunning frankly.
ROBERT COSTA NARRATING: If former President Trump is indicted, Willis can definitely count on a authorized battle from Trump’s attorneys.
JENNIFER LITTLE: We completely don’t consider that our consumer did something flawed, and if any indictments had been to come back down, these are defective indictments. We’ll completely struggle something tooth and nail.
ROBERT COSTA NARRATING: Willis and the district legal professional’s workplace declined to remark for “Face the Nation.”