Georgia Prosecutors Prepare To Move In On Trump

Mish

Atlanta prosecutors eye election fraud charges on Trump.

Trump Inquiry Coming Up

Adding to Trump's many woes, the Atlanta Prosecutors Move Closer to Trump Inquiry

Prosecutors in Georgia appear increasingly likely to open a criminal investigation of President Trump over his attempts to overturn the results of the state’s 2020 election, an inquiry into offenses that would be beyond his federal pardon power.

The new Fulton County district attorney, Fani Willis, is already weighing whether to proceed, and among the options she is considering is the hiring of a special assistant from outside to oversee the investigation, according to people familiar with her office’s deliberations. 

At the same time, David Worley, the lone Democrat on Georgia’s five-member election board, said this week that he would ask the board to make a referral to the Fulton County district attorney by next month. Among the matters he will ask prosecutors to investigate is a phone call Mr. Trump made in which he pressured Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the state’s election results.

Some veteran Georgia prosecutors said they believed Mr. Trump had clearly violated state law.

Clear Attempt to Commit Election Fraud

If you took the fact out that he is the president of the United States and look at the conduct of the call, it tracks the communication you might see in any drug case or organized crime case,” said Michael J. Moore, the former United States attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. “It’s full of threatening undertone and strong-arm tactics.”

He said he believed there had been “a clear attempt to influence the conduct of the secretary of state, and to commit election fraud, or to solicit the commission of election fraud.”

Three Crimes

George Washington University law professor, John F. Banzhaf III, notes three possible crimes.

  1. Criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, which can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.
  2. A related conspiracy charge, which can be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or a felony. 
  3. A third law, a misdemeanor offense, bars “intentional interference” with another person’s “performance of election duties.”

Futon County Prosecution

The prosecution would happen in Atlanta, part of Fulton County.

This is not Trump-friendly territory.

And given that it is a state-level offense, Trump cannot escape by resigning and having Pence pardon him. 

Trump's Phone Call

  • “I just want to find 11,780 votes” 
  • “There’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated.”

Trump is about to find out there is something very wrong with proposing a  "recalculation".

For details please see Trump Sues Georgia Sec of State Over Leaked Phone Call.

If Hillary or any Democrat did anything similar to those phone calls, the Trump hypocrites would howl so loud they could be heard all the way to Pluto. 

Manhattan Prosecution

Note that Trump is already facing a criminal fraud inquiry into his finances by the Manhattan district attorney

Difficult to Run When Behind Bars

Every step of the way Trump's legal team was a mess. 

Trump should not have been on that phone call, there are no grounds to sue over a leaked call, and Trump's legal team lost every court battle.

It will be hard to run for President when you are behind bars. That of course assumes Trump is not convicted by the Senate in his impeachment trial, and don't count on that either.

The "Law and Order" president may soon make that claim behind bars.

Mish

Comments (37)
LewisM
LewisM

I'm guessing before this is all over Trump will move to some country without an extradition treaty with the US. Saudi Arabia, perhaps? Russia? He and Edward Snowden can be roommates!

shamrock
shamrock

Even in that county I'm guessing it will be hard to find 12 jurors without a single trump cultist among them. Maybe with misdemeanors you are not entitled to a jury trial. Otherwise, who would convict someone they believe is the second coming of Jesus?

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

The more criminal indictments, the better I like it.

Sechel
Sechel

I'm thinking it will be hard to get an unbiased jury free of death threats

Frilton Miedman
Frilton Miedman

My problem with Trump is the way his behavior has emboldened his followers right down to the personal level.

I was about to drop one of my biggest clients because of a single individual in this company who had used insinuative/threatening language with me and others to sway us to vote Trump, he has become so vindictive since November with "suspected" non-Trumpsters that the other executives within his co had to intervene.

I only mention this to exemplify the unseen divisions Trump has created, his cultists are emboldened, thoughtlessly and overconfidently carrying on as if his tactics are justified.

I view myself as a demograph, I assume this situation isn't unusual, and if so, the unseen, continuing, damage to the U.S. is enormous.

First and foremost, Trump has to be made an example, his behavior, his self entitlement, ignorance of ethics and legality CANNOT be a norm that his admirers aspire to.

That is NOT America, it's a 3rd world Banana Republic.

Both New York and now Georgia's legal pursuit of Trump is NOT political revenge, it's absolutely necessary, this divisiveness absolutely must stop now.

aprnext
aprnext

Fani Willis? LOL. somewhere is this silly shit show, I sense that Democrat Triump-halism is going to fall on its face, perhaps beginning with the Great State of Georgia.

Sechel
Sechel

I heard the tapes. No doubt in my mind but this seems eerily similar to Trump's call to Ukraine which died in the Senate. Of course huge difference between a court room and a political body but just saying Trump seem to have a coat of teflon.

Kimo
Kimo

If found guilty, Trump should be strapped in a chair and subjected to 120 hours of CNN, ala, Clockwork Orange [man bad]. It should work well on him, it seems to work well on everyone else.

nzyank
nzyank

"Rand Paul Warns One Third of Republicans Will Leave Party if GOP Senators Back Impeachment"

We need our leaders to help unify the country. RP is feeding the 1/3, which only serves to perpetuate the divisiveness. Stop making excuses and hold Trump accountable.

Rand Paul Warns One-Third of Republicans Will Leave Party if GOP Senators Back Impeachment
Rand Paul Warns One-Third of Republicans Will Leave Party if GOP Senators Back Impeachment

Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) warned Friday that one-third of Republican voters could leave the party if GOP senators vote in impeachment proceedings to convict President Trump. Paul made the comments in an interview on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle. The senator’s remarks come amid an increasing divide between congressional Republicans who oppose impeaching the president and a smaller number who support the measure following the riots at the Capitol on January 6. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is reportedly hopeful that Republicans can use impeachment to purge Trump from the GOP, although he would need the support of at least 16 additional Republican senators to vote to convict. “Look, I didn’t agree with the [Capitol] fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election, but at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion, [and] if Republicans go along with it, it’ll destroy the party,” Paul said during the interview. “A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul continued. “This isn’t about, anymore, the Electoral College, this is about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.” While a majority of Americans believe Trump should be removed from office immediately, just 17 percent of Republicans support expelling Trump from the presidency, according to an Axios–Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Support for Trump among Republicans has fallen since the Capitol riots; however, 60 percent believe the party should continue to follow Trump once he leaves office, an ABC News/Washington Post poll found.


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