A Criminal Investigation of Trump's Attempt to Influence the 2020 Election Has Begun

Mish

Georgia prosecutors have their eyes on Trump. His legal troubles have just begun.

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

Comments (38)
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Eddie_T
Eddie_T

This probably has a better chance than the impeachment....At least a judge will be involved.

The criminal investigations in NY probably have the best chance of putting somebody named Trump in jail....but ironically, it might be Eric....The Donald always seems to find somebody to take the fall for him....ever notice that?

Sechel
Sechel

I caught this story yesterday. As a state crime the penalties are far more modest:

Former prosecutors said Mr. Trump’s calls might run afoul of at least three state laws. One is criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, which can be either a felony or a misdemeanor; as a felony, it is punishable by at least a year in prison. There is also a related conspiracy charge, which can be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or a felony. A third law, a misdemeanor offense, bars “intentional interference” with another person’s “performance of election duties.”

but it is noteworthy that we're not even one month into Trumps post-presidency and he's now being investigated in two states, New York and Georgia. Representation is going to be a huge issue. Qualified lawyers do not want to represent him. This is almot unheard of for an ex-President. He's clearly on the B-team for his second impeachment as the original lawyers from his first impeachment are apparetly not interested. Can't say i blame them

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

Wondering - Are both Israel and South Africa non-extradition countries where Trump could flee to permanently ? I hear Trump City, Israel is most welcoming to Zionists.

Chipsm116
Chipsm116

This is all politics and is likely going nowhere. The local DA Willis is using this as a publicity stunt to elevate her status in the Dem party, presumably with an eye towards higher office.

Carl_R
Carl_R

I see zero chance that Trump ever sets foot again in the state of Georgia, and I seriously doubt that Florida will arrest them and extradite him to Georgia.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

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TexasTim65
TexasTim65

Here's an interesting story I just came across in Time Magazine about the Election

Paragraphs like:

"That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures."

are what should send chills down everyones necks (Dem/Rep) and why there are so many crazies (both sides) who believe things are rigged.

bradw2k
bradw2k

@Mish Any thoughts on what the yield curve is saying? Thank you

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Well, not exactly. He's clearly guilty. I don't think anyone disputes that. Yet, there is no way for the state of Georgia to get jurisdiction on him unless he enters the state, and that's not going to happen, obviously, so it's a waste of time."

Disagree. The only way Trump can remove the charges is to show up and defend himself.

He will remain under indictment with travel restrictions and charges over his head. Tough to run for president like that.

One-armed Economist
One-armed Economist

He had to know this is illegal. Problem is he's just 'crossed the line' and stiffed people his WHILE LIFE. It's past time someone held him accountable.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Well, I listened to the call for a few minutes, then found the transcript to get through it a lot faster.

In this call, getting to the point and keeping things succinct is not Trump's strong point.

If the transcript is where the crime is, the prosecution is going to have a very, very hard time. Trump says nothing about doing anything wrong to change the election results. Ever. Quite the opposite.

He's clearly convinced the election was rigged - big time and in multiple ways. He mentions various scams. I think all have been mentioned in the media before the call or after.

Raffensperger is convinced the election was OK. He understands his people have sufficiently checked the things Trump refers to.

So far as "finding/flipping" 11799 votes are concerned, Trump points out that a whole lot of work doesn't need to be done to un-rig the election. That is, he figures there are several hundred thousand phony votes, but that, for this election, all you gotta do is find 12 thou rigged for Biden. Easy, peesy. The other hundred thousands don't matter. He does point out that since the election was bogus, the upcoming senate election can be rigged, too.

The nitty-gritty ending of the call is about checking source data (ballots?) in one county. Raff points out he can't legally reveal the data Trump's team wants to check. One of the participants suggests deputizing some Trump-team lawyers so they can see the secret stuff. I got the impression the participants were going to go with that idea.

Etc.

This recording/transcript was an interesting fly-on-the-wall. Meetings of people who are operating totally on 2nd hand information never fail to be amusing. ... Sorta like the comments on this blog.


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