Georgia Prosecutor Probing Attempts To Influence 2020 Election

( Former President Donald Trump could soon be facing criminal charges if a Georgia prosecutor decides he did something illegal regarding their 2020 presidential election results.

This week, Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County — the state’s largest county — sent letters to various state officials telling them she was opening a criminal investigation into Trump’s possible attempts to influence the outcome of the state’s election results.

In her letter, Willis ordered the officials to preserve all documents related to the probe, including “all records potentially related to the administration” of Georgia’s November 3 election. Two officials who received a letter from the district attorney were Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

In the letters, which were viewed by reporters at Reuters, Willis wrote the investigation includes “potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.”

Willis, who is a Democrat, didn’t name Trump by name in her letters, but she did refer to a January 2 call he held with Raffensperger in which he urged the secretary of state to “find” enough votes to result in shifting the state’s outcome from a win for Democrat Joe Biden to a win for him.

The transcript of that call shows that Trump said, “I just want to find 11,780 votes.” That was the number that the former president would’ve needed to win Georgia in the presidential election.

Prosecutors within the district attorney’s office are already working on reviewing that January 2 call, as well as any case law that would be relevant to it, a Reuters report said, citing people familiar with the ongoing investigation. The sources also said that Willis has hired some high-level prosecutors who could potentially be assigned to work on the case if it were to proceed to the trial level.

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the former president, said in a statement that Democrats were trying “to score political points by continuing their witch hunt against President Trump,” but that “everybody sees through it.”

According to Willis’ letters, her office will begin requesting grand jury subpoenas as early as next month.

Some legal experts told Reuters that it’s possible Trump violated three state election laws that would be criminal in nature. They are criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit election fraud, and intentional interference with performance of election duties.

These charges could be misdemeanors or felonies, and result in either imprisonment or fines.

In her letters, Willis wrote:

“This matter is of high priority. I am confident that as fellow law enforcement officers sworn to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and Georgia, our acquisition of information and evidence of potential crimes via interviews, documents, videos and electronic records will be cooperative.”

Fulton County is Georgia’s largest county and is home to Atlanta, a liberal hotbed that was pivotal in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.