Prosecutors from Georgia have started a criminal investigation regarding former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results in the state.
Fulton County prosecutors will investigate a leaked and damning phone call connected to the matter. In the call, Trump had a conversation with Brad Raffenspeger, Georgia’s Secretary of State. The former president can also be heard asking Raffensperger to “find” votes that can overturn the election result.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis rolled out a letter on Wednesday, addressed to Georgia government officials, requesting for their offices to preserve any document that would be connected to the call.
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According to NBC News, the letter said that this request serves as a part of an investigation which could result in possible charges. These may involve false statements or “any involvement in violence or threats” related to how the election was conducted.
A representative from Georga Attorney General Chris Carr’s office confirmed that it got the letter. The spokesperson also said that officials are currently “reviewing and synthesizing” the said letter. Similarly, the office of Gov. Brian Kemp confirmed the receipt of the letter.
Georgia Becomes Second State To Conduct Criminal Investigation Against Trump
Georgia has then become the second state to conduct criminal investigations against Trump — the first one being New York.
The office of Raffensperger has also started a separate probe into the leaked phone call. It confirmed that it has opened an inquiry after receiving a complaint regarding Trump’s actions.
In the phone call, the former president told Georgia’s secretary of state to find him “11,780” because “we won the state.”
However, the state of Georgia reaffirmed that President Joe Biden won in the state multiple times since the 2020 elections.
This investigation comes as the Senate conducts the impeachment trial against the former president on the basis of his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol riots. Managers from the House of Representatives have given their opening arguments on Wednesday.