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Fulton County opens criminal investigation into Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State

The District Attorney for Fulton County has opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn election results in Georgia. 

The New York Times reported Wednesday that prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia have opened an investigation into former President Trump’s call with Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Rafensperger, in which Trump urged officials to “find 11,780 votes.” This call was made on January 2nd, when Donald Trump was still president. The launching of this investigation was revealed in a letter from Fulton County DA, Fani Willis, requesting “all records potentially related to the administration of the 2020 General Election must be preserved, with particular care being given to set aside and preserve those that may be evidence of attempts to influence the actions of persons who were administering that election” (NPR). 

This investigation from the Fulton County DA follows an announcement on Monday from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office revealing an investigation into former President Trump’s call with state officials. The investigation was triggered by formal complaints made by John Banzhaf, a George Washington University law professor, claiming that Trump violated the law during the call. Walter Jones, a spokesperson for Rafensperger’s office, said, “The investigations are fact-finding and administrative in nature” (ABC News). 

The single article presented for the second impeachment of former President Trump also briefly mentions the January 2nd call. “President Trump’s conduct on January 6, 2021, followed his prior efforts to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election. Those prior efforts included a phone call on January 2, 2021, during which President Trump urged the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to overturn the Georgia Presidential election results and threatened Secretary Raffensperger if he failed to do so” (United States Congress). It remains to be seen where the impeachment trial or the criminal investigation will lead. 

ARTICLE: LAUREN GOLLOFON

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: THE WASHINGTON POST

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