Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves an investigation going on in Georgia over a Trump Call.
Prosecutors in Fulton County have initiated a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results. This also includes a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump pressured him to “find” enough votes to help him reverse his loss.
Fani Willis, the recently elected Democratic prosecutor in Fulton County, sent a letter to numerous officials in state government, including Raffensperger, requesting that they preserve documents related to Trump’s call, according to a state official with knowledge of the letter. The letter stated that the request was part of a criminal investigation, said the official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal matters.
The Fulton County investigation comes on the heels of a decision by Raffensperger’s office to open an administrative inquiry. Willis has been weighing for several weeks whether to open an inquiry, after Mr. Trump’s phone call to Mr. Raffensperger on January 2 alarmed election experts who call it an extraordinary intervention into a state’s electoral process.
That call was one of several attempts Trump made to persuade top Republican officials in the state to uncover instances of voting fraud that might change the outcome. He also called Georgia Govenor Brian Kemp in early December and pressured him to call a special legislative session to overturn his election loss. Later that month, Mr. Trump called a state investigator and pressed the official to “Find the fraud,” according to those with knowledge of the call. Former prosecutors said Trump’s calls might run afoul of at least three state laws. One is criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, which can be either a felony or a misdemeanor; as a felony, it is punishable by at least a year in prison. There is also a related conspiracy charge, which can be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or a felony. A third law, a misdemeanor offense, bars “intentional interference” with another person’s “performance of election duties.”
Joe Biden was the first Democrat to win the presidential election in Georgia since 1992. Trump accused Govenor Kemp and Raffensperger, both Republicans, of not doing enough to help him overturn the result in the weeks after the election. Kemp and Raffensberger had each resisted numerous attacks from Mr. Trump who called the governor “hapless” and he called on the secretary of state to resign.
The inquiry makes Georgia the second state after New York where Mr. Trump faces a criminal investigation. And it comes in a jurisdiction where potential jurors are unlikely to be hospitable to the former president; Fulton County encompasses most of Atlanta and supported President Biden in the November election. The Fulton County investigation comes on the heels of a decision by Raffensperger’s office to open an administrative inquiry.