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Georgia launches criminal probe into Trump efforts to overturn 2020 election result - letter

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, are investigating Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the Southern state's 2020 presidential election results, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday, in the second criminal probe faced by the former president.

 

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has sent a letter asking state government officials to preserve documents, including those related to then-President Trump's call to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring him to "find" more votes.

 

"This matter is of high priority, and I am confident that as fellow law enforcement officers sworn to uphold the Constitutions of the United States and Georgia, our acquisition of information and evidence of potential crimes via interviews, documents, videos and electronic records will be cooperative," said the letter dated Feb. 10.

 

"This letter is notification that 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."

 

Representatives for the county prosecutor's office and for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

On Monday, Raffensperger's office opened its own probe into Trump's Jan. 2 phone call pressuring him to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's Nov. 3 victory in the state based on unfounded voter fraud claims, saying any further legal efforts would be up to the state's attorney general.

 

New York prosecutors have also opened criminal and civil investigations into Trump over his businesses.

The New York Times first reported the investigation.

 

Fulton County includes Atlanta, Georgia's state capital.

 

(Reporting by Linda So; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Jonathan Oatis)

 

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He will learn and many others will soon realise that "Fredom of Speech", come with responsibilities.

I am sure this will concentrate the donation funds going to lawyers, I trust his enablers are comfortable with that use of their donated charity.

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The state government in Georgia is still very much dominated by Republicans.  If they are willing to do this there may be hope for the Republican Party, once it gets rid of the Trump cult.

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Trump is so obviously guilty in this and many other cases.  But he no longer has his GOP buddies in the Senate--not to mention the power of the presidency--to protect [him].  I hope he gets nailed on criminal charges and right soon. 

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Trump's attempts to steal votes in the election violated the laws of numerous states and probably federal law as well.  He should be prosecuted by the relevant authorities at all levels of government.  It certainly looks as though convicting him of violating GA election laws shouldn't be difficult because of the highly incriminating tape of his phone call to Raffensperger.  

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has sent a letter asking state government officials to preserve documents, including those related to then-President Trump's call to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring him to "find" more votes.

Lock him up...

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31 minutes ago, Berkshire said:

Trump is so obviously guilty in this and many other cases.  But he no longer has his GOP buddies in the Senate--not to mention the power of the presidency--to protect his guilty ass.  I hope he gets nailed on criminal charges and right soon. 

 I think he does. The senators are still doing his bidding and will block impeachment.

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37 minutes ago, heybruce said:

The state government in Georgia is still very much dominated by Republicans.  If they are willing to do this there may be hope for the Republican Party, once it gets rid of the Trump cult.

 

Um, Fulton county is where Atlanta is, and the DA is very much a left-winger, so.... 

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9 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

Um, Fulton county is where Atlanta is, and the DA is very much a left-winger, so.... 

so anything that is not inline with facist thoughts should be avoided like the plague, you use left wing as though having compassion and social consciousness is a bad thing, it aint socialism by the way

I have deliberately used fascist as a demonstration of use of term carelessly.

Moderate liberals are often wrongly identified as "left wing" with out looking , just inflam situations, bveing left aint so bad

 

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With no Billy Barr running interference, and no decent attorney willing to represent him, the former president will go down on this one. Evidence, witnesses, it's a slam dunk.

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11 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

Lock him up...

For what, upholing the laws of the land. Sounds like totalitarism that thinking. Lock up the oppostion , just like so many SE Asian countries including LOS?

 

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9 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

She's a raging left-winger so this is all very unsurprising, and very much SOP her political party.

The usual diversion and getting stale. It must be getting harder for you to defend the indefensible.  

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11 minutes ago, Patong2021 said:
43 minutes ago, Berkshire said:

Trump is so obviously guilty in this and many other cases.  But he no longer has his GOP buddies in the Senate--not to mention the power of the presidency--to protect his guilty ass.  I hope he gets nailed on criminal charges and right soon. 

 I think he does. The senators are still doing his bidding and will block impeachment.

You're right, of course, if you're talking about the current impeachment.  But I was referring to all the other civil/criminal cases.  And there are many.

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Just now, RJRS1301 said:

For what, upholing the laws of the land. Sounds like totalitarism that thinking. Lock up the oppostion , just like so many SE Asian countries including LOS?

 

Have you not been paying attention? The former president made a phone call (recorded and in front of witnesses) where he explicitly attempted to change the outcome of election outcome to his favor.

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3 minutes ago, J Town said:

With no Billy Barr running interference, and no decent attorney willing to represent him, the former president will go down on this one. Evidence, witnesses, it's a slam dunk.

That phone call is not good for him thats for sure.

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1 minute ago, J Town said:

Have you not been paying attention? The former president made a phone call (recorded and in front of witnesses) where he explicitly attempted to change the outcome of election outcome to his favor.

No I was refering to the post the AG and Sec of State , not the other man who deserves to be followed to the end of the earth

 

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Just now, Eric Loh said:

The usual diversion and getting stale. It must be getting harder for you to defend the indefensible.  

 

What am I defending? Just merely pointing out that the lefts new SOP is to use the justice system to go after political enemies. Hell of a precedent being set that surely is going to be used in return when the other party is in power. 

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1 minute ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

What am I defending? Just merely pointing out that the lefts new SOP is to use the justice system to go after political enemies. Hell of a precedent being set that surely is going to be used in return when the other party is in power. 

No they are using the Constition  to hold an incompetent accountable for his words and actions.

 

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5 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

What am I defending? Just merely pointing out that the lefts new SOP is to use the justice system to go after political enemies. Hell of a precedent being set that surely is going to be used in return when the other party is in power. 

How is trump a political enemy. Hes out of office and not running for any office.

 

who you going to vote for in the next election?

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15 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

For what, upholing the laws of the land. Sounds like totalitarism that thinking. Lock up the oppostion , just like so many SE Asian countries including LOS?

 

You think trump was upholding the law when he said find some votes?

 

How exactly do you come to that conclusion or have you misinterpreted my post?

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4 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

What am I defending? Just merely pointing out that the lefts new SOP is to use the justice system to go after political enemies. Hell of a precedent being set that surely is going to be used in return when the other party is in power. 

You are cracking me up with your balderdash. Trump using the justice system for his own political gains are the hallmark of his corrupt 4 years in office and got him investigated in Georgia. He is being held accountable by the law and by the constitution. 

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20 minutes ago, Mama Noodle said:

 

What am I defending? Just merely pointing out that the lefts new SOP is to use the justice system to go after political enemies. Hell of a precedent being set that surely is going to be used in return when the other party is in power. 

Did you forget trump saying he will tell the AG to investigate hillary and lock her up?

 

a reminder.

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/03/trump-doj-investigate-hillary-clinton-244505

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53 minutes ago, RJRS1301 said:

For what, upholing the laws of the land. Sounds like totalitarism that thinking. Lock up the oppostion , just like so many SE Asian countries including LOS?

 

Not for "upholing the laws of the land" for breaking laws with respect to election interference.  Nothing totalitarian about enforcing the rule of law.

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5 minutes ago, cdemundo said:

Not for "upholing the laws of the land" for breaking laws with respect to election interference.  Nothing totalitarian about enforcing the rule of law.

Proof not found of either, did you miss the 60 odd court losses?
 

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I think Trump will fade from people's minds without the bully pulpit of the presidency and without his Twitter account.

Although he has really beat the odds with respect to his lifestyle not resulting in poor health, I don't know how long that can last.

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