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A criminal investigation into alleged attempts by former President Donald Trump to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election was opened in Georgia following calls the then-president made to state officials, asking them to reverse Joe Biden’s victory in the state, according to the Daily Caller.
Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis, recently elected, sent a letter to state government officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which she requested that they preserve documents related to the call Trump made to Raffensperger, in which he would have pressured him to “find enough votes” to turn the election result, favorable to his opponent, Joe Biden.
The prosecutor has qualified that “the investigation includes, but is not limited to potential violations of Georgia election law, which prohibits incitement of voter fraud; making false statements to state and local governmental bodies; conspiracy; racketeering; and any participation in threats to the election administration.”
The letter does not explicitly mention Trump, but it does note that the subjects of the investigation made contacts “with other agencies that may be investigating this matter, including the secretary of state, the attorney general, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the North.”
The Georgia secretary of state’s office already confirmed that it had begun an investigation “into Trump’s attempts to reverse election results in the state.”
Georgia, a traditionally conservative state, became a key territory for the results of the November 3rd election. Trump lost it by less than 13,000 votes, marking the first time voters in the state had gone for a Democratic candidate in nearly 30 years.
The criminal investigation comes as Trump faces his second impeachment trial in Washington DC, charged with “inciting insurrection” for his role in agitating protesters who attacked the Capitol on January 6th.
During the impeachment trial, Trump’s lawyers are expected to argue that the Senate can no longer constitutionally convict the former president since he is no longer in office.