As reported previously, a phone call between former President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger was being investigated by Georgia officials.
Prosecutors in Fulton County have now initiated a criminal investigation into that call in which Trump pressured Raffensberger to “find” enough votes to reverse his loss in the state.
On Wednesday, Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis sent a letter to officials in the state government requesting they preserve documents related to “an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election.”
“This investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration,” the letter states.
The letter was sent to most of the state’s top officials, including Attorney General Chris Carr and Gov. Brian Kemp.
Willis wrote that her office would examine whether anyone illegally solicited election fraud, made false statements to state and local government officials, made threats, or participated in a criminal conspiracy.
“I know we all agree that our duty demands that this matter be investigated and, if necessary, prosecuted, in a manner that is free from any appearance of conflict of interest or political considerations,” Willis wrote.
This is the third criminal investigation that Trump is facing. He is currently facing a criminal fraud inquiry into his finances by Manhatten District Attorney Cyrus Vance and a civil fraud inquiry by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The same phone call is cited in the ongoing impeachment hearings of Trump. Impeachment managers say the call was part of Trump’s long-running attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.