ATLANTA, GA — (02-10-21) — Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia have launched a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find” enough votes to reverse his 2020 electoral loss in the state.
Fulton County’s new district attorney, Fani Willis, sent a letter to state officials on Wednesday ordering officials to retain documents regarding the famous Jan. 2 phone call Trump made to Raffensperger, in which the former president pressured with mafia style tactics, the state’s top elections official to “find” 11,780 votes, enough to hand him a victory over President Biden in Georgia.
The decision to launch a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s conduct comes two days after the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office announced it had opened their own probe into the former president’s efforts to overturn the election results in Georgia.
But unlike the secretary of state’s investigation — which was described as a “fact-finding and administrative” inquiry — the Fulton County district attorney’s probe involves a criminal matter that could expose Trump to potential felony charges.
Trump is also facing a criminal investigation in New York related to tax fraud and money laundering of his business dealings.
Georgia became ground zero for the criminal probe into Trump thanks to someone in the Secretary of State’s office recording the conversation.
During that recorded phone call, Trump repeatedly claimed that Georgia had illegally cast ballots that were counted, among other allegations — before insisting that Raffensperger could “find” additional ballots cast for Trump.
“All I want to do is this,” Trump said. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.”
Trump’s full phone call with Georgia secretary of state (Audio)
Trump’s aides and allies have defended his call with Raffensperger, arguing that the former president did not say anything improper during the conversation.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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