President Donald Trump may be in hot water after his recorded call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger became public. House Representatives Ted Lieu (D.Calif) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y) called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch a criminal investigation into Trump’s Saturday call.
The Washington Post broke the news that Trump called Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State demanding that he and other officials “find” additional votes to overturn his election loss.
Now the two House Democrats feel the subject of that call should open a criminal probe, The Hill reports.
“As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes,” Lieu and Rice wrote in a letter Monday. “We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”
The letter referenced U.S. and Georgia laws and argued that Trump’s call violated laws on election fraud and soliciting election fraud.
“The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight. The prima facie elements of the above crimes have been met,” Lieu and Rice wrote. “Given the more than ample factual predicate, we are making a criminal referral to you to open an investigation into Mr. Trump. Thank you for your attention to this urgent request.”
On the call, Trump was heard asking Raffensperger to find “11,780” Georgia votes. A request that Raffensperger rejected. He also debunked Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud in the Peach State and questioned Trump’s information sources.
Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (Ill.) shared the same sentiments as Lieu and Rice, “His disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing and misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation.”
The FBI did not comment on the issue but confirmed they received the letter.