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Grand jury selection kicks off Monday in the Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney’s investigation into former President Donald Trump and his attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results—a potentially year-long process that could end up with the ex-president facing criminal charges .

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The special grand jury will meet for up to a year to only consider charges related to Fulton County DA Fani Willis’ investigation and whether any Georgia laws were violated.

Willis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she wants the grand jury to subpoena 30 people who have declined to testify voluntarily—investigators have already interviewed more than 50 witnesses—and prosecutors will approach approximately another 60 people on top of that.

Witnesses won’t start being interviewed until after Georgia’s May 24 primary, Willis said, and legal experts wrote in a New York Times op-ed it’s likely the jury will start with less controversial witnesses before calling major figures like Trump, who could try to fight the subpoenas in court.

A special grand juryunlike regular ones, can’t actually bring charges directly, but will issue a report that could recommend an indictment, and Willis would then have to ask a regular grand jury to issue one.

If the grand jury finds evidence of wrongdoing, Trump could face such criminal charges as conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation, intentional interference with performance of election duties or violations of state racketeering laws, legal experts noted in an analysis for the Brookings Institution.