Criminal investigation opened into Trump call with Georgia secretary of state about election results


Georgia prosecutors on Wednesday opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the presidential election, including a now-infamous telephone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

During the call, Trump could be heard repeatedly pressuring the state’s top election official to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss.

Fulton County’s newly elected Democratic prosecutor Fani Willis sent a letter on Wednesday to several state officials, including Raffensperger, asking that they preserve documents related to Trump’s hourlong conversation.

The letter explicitly stated that the request is part of a criminal investigation into the matter. Legal experts say Trump’s Jan. 2 telephone call may have violated at least three state criminal election laws, including conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, and intentional interference with performance of election duties.

Trump is now facing criminal investigations in both Georgia and New York.

Fulton County, which covers most of metro Atlanta, typically votes for Democratic candidates and overwhelmingly supported President Biden in the November general election. The county also played a major role in voting out two Republican incumbent senators during January’s runoff races.

News of the Fulton County investigation comes two days after Raffensperger’s office opened an administrative inquiry.

Trump, who is in the middle of his second impeachment trial, has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed he won the 2020 election. He believes the contest was rigged and has blamed voting machines, election officials, Democrats, and even foreign nations for his loss.

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