Where Things Stand: Not Done Yet

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 07: A protester holds a sign next to the barricade set up in front of the Fulton County Courthouse on August 07, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. The courthouse has more security in place as Fulton... ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 07: A protester holds a sign next to the barricade set up in front of the Fulton County Courthouse on August 07, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. The courthouse has more security in place as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is expected soon to announce a grand jury indictment in her investigation into former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election in the state. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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While the details of and procedural developments surrounding the Big Indictment against the former president have consumed the news cycle since it came out last week, there’s still (at least) one more indictment heading toward Donald Trump that may come, if it comes, before we close out the summer.

We’ve known for some time that any charging decisions in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into Trump and efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia would come before the end of this grand jury session, which ends September 1. Willis herself told a local news outlet last week that her investigation, which has primarily centered on the infamous phone call Trump made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021, would be wrapping up soon.

Additional security measures like security barriers have been in place outside the Fulton County courthouse since late last month. Staff and those with business before the court this month have been instructed to try to conduct their business remotely. Willis sent out an email to county commissioners and judges notifying them that her office had received racist threats as a potential indictment looms and reminding them to keep their staff safe during this time.

What’s new today: the street outside the courthouse has been shut down and closed to traffic and it will remain blocked until August 18, the county sheriff’s office said in a new traffic advisory. Additionally, law enforcement officers are now stationed up to surround the building.

Per Reuters:

Normally bustling streets outside the gray stone courthouse were largely empty, devoid of food trucks that normally serve breakfast and lunch to court workers, most of whom Willis had urged to work remotely as a grand jury decision loomed.

The front of the courthouse was lined with rows of orange plastic, water-filled Jersey barriers and steel crowd control barricades. Dozens of county sheriff’s deputies were stationed out front, and other deputies and Atlanta police drove marked cars in circles around the streets nearby.

Those journalists and legal experts following the case most closely, though, have signaled that despite all the heightened security measures this week and last week, we may still be a week out from a potential fourth indictment against Trump:

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Concerned He May Be Charged, Eastman Asks For Delay In Disbarment Proceedings

Jan. 6 Panel Members Slam Trump Lawyer’s Assertion That Client Merely Committed A ‘Technical Violation Of The Constitution’

Bullied By Her Own Party, a Wisconsin Election Official’s GOP Roots Mean Nothing in Volatile New Climate

Eastman Reiterates Support For Full Insurrection

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Yesterday’s Most Read Story

John Eastman Comes Clean: Hell Yes We Were Trying to Overthrow the Government — Josh Marshall

What We Are Reading

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In Ohio, a ballot measure by GOP may end up benefiting Democrats — Boston Globe

Ron DeSantis is picking yet another fight with the College Board — and losing — MSNBC

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