Georgia criminal investigation could be the case that impeaches Donald Trump


United States: High-profile congressional hearings and an unprecedented FBI raid on his home have led to increased legal pressure on Donald Trump, but analysts believe a low-key, slow move in Georgia The investigation could be what will set him off. will eventually drop.

As he prepares to make a third run for president in 2024, the state is under scrutiny for the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, where he lost to Joe Biden by less than 12,000 votes. Was gone. As the first Republican presidential candidate to lose Georgia in nearly three decades, the 76-year-old immediately cried foul.

However, after three presidential vote counts and the dismissal of several lawsuits, there was no significant evidence of voter fraud in the deciding deciding state.

Yet Trump has repeatedly interfered in Georgian politics, in a famous audio recording of a phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger being ordered to “seek” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory.

Trump’s post-election behavior in the state, according to a group of legal experts at the Brookings Institution, “leaves him at substantial risk of potential state charges based on multiple offences,” experts wrote. in October last year.

A special grand jury was appointed in May by Fulton County Chief Prosecutor Fannie Willis to examine efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn Georgia’s election results.

Legal experts say the investigation, which could last a full year, could lead to Trump being charged with solicitation and conspiracy related to election interference and election fraud.
Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) status, commonly used to capture mob figures, could also be used to prosecute the former president, who denies any wrongdoing. Eh.

Trump’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has already given important testimony to Willis, which informed him that he was under criminal investigation.

A judge on Monday ordered Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to testify after the midterm elections in November. Kemp was repeatedly reprimanded by President Trump for authenticating the 2020 election results, which was his legal duty.

The grand jury has already heard testimony from Riffensperger and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, who were pressured by Trump to challenge the state’s vote count.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, denies his own subpoena, as does Lindsey Graham, the former president’s senatorial aide, who refutes claims that he wrongly sent legitimate mail in Georgia. It was suggested that these ballots be discarded.

Trump should be concerned about his own legal risk, according to Noah Bookbinder, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Willis is seeking testimony from additional aides to Donald Trump, including Mark Meadows, is an indication of the seriousness of this investigation,” the binder said on Twitter on Friday.

Kevin O’Brien, a former assistant US attorney who now specializes in white-collar criminal defense, issued a warning that an impressive list of witnesses does not guarantee successful prosecutions.

State prosecutors typically don’t have the expertise of the federal Justice Department to conduct white-collar investigations, O’Brien says, and he suggested taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the prospect of bringing charges. .

“The pudding test will take place,” he said. Trump has so far avoided being held accountable for his actions, whether in Georgia or elsewhere.

However, other experts say the Georgia investigation differs significantly from the federal investigation in important ways, which could increase the likelihood that a federal justice department will pursue the indictment.

Conservative commentator David French, a former lawyer, thinks Trump could be charged with crimes related to the 2021 uprising, but he has long believed that Georgia poses Trump’s biggest risk.

In a recent episode of The Fifth Column news podcast, he said, “You can take criminal law — both Georgian and federal — and pretty much tailor it to your driving.

“I put it this way: if he was the sheriff of a small town, he probably would have been charged sooner if he had called the county commissioner of elections and threatened to arrest him if he didn’t. didn’t get 50 more votes.

However, he was the first President of the United States of America. Indicting him is a very, very strange matter. And while I don’t know if that will happen, Georgia always seemed like a huge risk to her.

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