Prosecutors Launch Criminal Investigation

An event predicted in this corner has now come to fruition as Georgia Prosecutors Probe Efforts to Influence 2020 Election.

The top prosecutor for Georgia’s most populous county said an investigation was under way into attempts to influence the 2020 election in Georgia in a sign that former President Donald Trump and his supporters are under scrutiny for their push to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state. 

In letters Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis ordered at least four top state officials to preserve records related to the administration of the 2020 general election, including any potential evidence of attempts to influence the officials overseeing it. 

The move appears to mark the early stages of a criminal investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his supporters to overturn the results of the 2020 election here, which found President Biden carrying the state by a narrow margin.

Ms. Willis sent the notices to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Attorney General Chris Carr and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who are all Republicans, according to a spokesman for the district attorney and copies obtained by The Wall Street Journal. 

In her two-page letter to Mr. Raffensperger, Ms. Willis, a Democrat, stated her investigation “includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.”

The next Fulton County grand jury is due to convene in March, and this office will begin requesting grand jury subpoenas as necessary at that time,” she wrote.

Potential Charges

  • Election fraud
  • False statements to state and local bodies
  • Conspiracy
  • Racketeering
  • Violation of oath of office

Leaked Phone Call

The charges stem from a phone call initiated by Trump to Raffensperger.

In Georgia it is legal to record a phone call without asking if one person involved agrees.

I have a transcript of the call, and it is damning. For details and the transcript, please see Trump Sues Georgia Sec of State Over Leaked Phone Call

Trump multiple times pressured Raffensperger to find enough votes.

Note the irony of the headline. Trump, who is now under a criminal investigation, sued Raffensperger.

As a side note, I concluded my Leaked Phone Call post with these thoughts.

Georgia Senate Elections

Earlier today I noted Democrats are In the Lead in Both Georgia Senate Races 

It would not surprise me in the least if this reckless move by Trump ultimately is the deciding factor in both races.

If you care to listen, here is the complete unedited call.

Not Just Trump

This will not stop with Trump. 

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Raffensperger "What I’m hopeful for is, is there some way that we can – we can find some kind of an agreement to look at this a little bit more fully?"

Trump also accused Ruby Freeman, an election worker of being a "known scammer". Somehow I smell a separate civil or criminal case out of that. 

Snopes has interesting details in Ruby Freeman Was Not Arrested by the FBI

What About Lindsey Graham?

I am glad you asked.

Please recall that Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) accused Senator Lindsey Graham (R., SC) of pressure to toss legal ballots.

I discussed Raffensperger's charge against Graham on November 17, 2020 in Georgia Secretary of State Pressured to Toss Legal Ballots 

Raffensperger said he was stunned that Graham appeared to suggest that he find a way to toss legally cast ballots. Absent court intervention, Raffensperger doesn’t have the power to do what Graham suggested, as counties administer elections in Georgia. 

“It sure looked like he was wanting to go down that road,” Raffensperger said.In an interview with the Washington Post, Raffensperger said that he and his family have received death threats as a result of the rhetoric, and detailed the Trump team’s attempts to pressure him into supporting their claims of voter fraud. Those allegations include a bizarre and baseless conspiracy theory involving Dominion Voting Systems, the manufacturer of the voting machines Georgia uses, as well as the validity of mail-in absentee ballots.

Trump's Legal Nightmare Has Begun

I have previously commented that Trump's legal woes have not yet started.

Guess what. They just did, and in a major way that bound to drag many others into Trump's unconstitutional and illegal efforts to stay in power.

That's the ultimate irony of "Stop the Steal".

Republican cowards in the Senate likely will not convict Trump but perhaps Fulton County (Atlanta) jurors are a different matter.  

And then there are tax fraud charges in New York.

Correction

I noted above that Raffensperger recorded the call. 

60 Minutes has a very interesting discussion worth a play.

Did you know that the call was being recorded?
Brad Raffensperger: No.

It was Raffensperger staff who recorded the call.

Mish