Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis took office just over a month ago, and she’s already taking aim at someone who, until very recently, was the most powerful man in the country.
The letters state, “at this stage, we have no reason to assume that any Georgia official is a target of this investigation,” which is further indication that Trump is the goal of the investigation.
The Massive Probe That Could Land Trump In Jail
Trump called Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in early January and told him to “find 11,780 votes” for Trump in a state that President Joe Biden won by 11,779 votes.
In addition to Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and Attorney General Chris Carr, Willis also wrote to Raffensperger. The political affiliation of Willis is that of a Democrat. It’s worth noting that after Georgia officially recognised Biden as the victor, Trump spent much of the post-election period bashing Kemp and Raffensperger, two of the four officials who got letters.
The letters don’t go into detail about what state laws Trump may have broken, but in Georgia, it’s illegal to knowingly tamper “with any electors list, voter’s certificate, numbered list of voters, ballot box, voting machine, direct recording electronic (DRE) equipment, or tabulating machine.” Solicitation “with intent that another person engage in action constituting a felony” is also made illegal.
If Trump conspired with Raffensperger or anybody else to alter the outcome of the election, he might be criminally prosecuted. Any Georgia resident found guilty of soliciting a felony “must be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three years” (although the penalty can be higher if they solicit a crime punishable by life in prison or by death).
Criminal Solicitation to Conduct Electoral Fraud is Also a Crime Under Georgia Law.
As soon as a prosecutor initiates a criminal investigation, it is normal practise to tell potential witnesses to keep any relevant evidence safe. It is noted in the letters that government agencies routinely destroy records after a specific period of time has passed, and the receivers are instructed to “delay” their normal schedule for destroying such records.
According to the letters, Willis has designated this criminal investigation as a “high priority,” and his office will begin requesting grand jury subpoenas if appropriate “when the next Fulton County grand jury convenes in March.”