The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has officially opened a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger where Trump pressured Raffensperger to overturn the results of Georgia’s presidential election telling him that “I just want to find 11,780 votes.”
The fact that the Fulton County DA has opened investigation was revealed when Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent a letter to state officials asking them to preserve any documents related to the 2020 presidential election “with particular care given to set aside and preserve those that may be evidence of attempts to influence the actions of persons who were administering it.” The letter was first obtained by the New York Times.
“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.
Copies of the letter were also sent to Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Attorney General Chris Carr.
The Fulton County investigation follows a decision on Monday by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to open an administrative inquiry into the events surrounding the presidential election and its aftermath.
The letter indicates that the investigation may have been open for some time as it indicates that Ms. Willis plans to act quickly.
“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. She also said that her office has no reason to believe that “any Georgia official” is a target of the investigation.
In the call with Raffensperger, Trump told him that he only needed to find 11,780 votes.
“So look — all I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state,” the president said.
Trump also accused Raffensperger of giving faulty election results and pressured him to act quickly to fix the problem.
“Well, under the law, you’re not allowed to give faulty election results, okay? You’re not allowed to do that. And that’s what you’ve done,” Trump claimed. “This is a faulty election result.”
“And honestly this should go very fast. You should meet tomorrow because you have a big election coming up, and what you’ve done to the president– you know, the people of Georgia know that this was a scam, and because of what you’ve done to the president, a lot of people aren’t going to vote, and a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative, because they hate what you did to the president,” Trump railed. “ Okay, they hate it. And they’re going to vote. And you would be respected, really respected If this thing could be straightened out before the election.”
He then asks Raffensperger, “what are we gonna do? We won the election, and it is not fair to take it away from us like this.”
There may be more issues than the call to Raffensperger. There was also a call to Gov. Brian Kemp, where Trump pushed him to call a special session of the state’s legislature and push them to replace the state’s electors with electors loyal to Trump.