Trump Gets Warning Over Election Crimes From Atlanta DA

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In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis isn’t abandoning her ongoing criminal investigation into pro-Trump election meddling in the state simply because of frustrations from Donald and some of his allies about the probe.

One of the high-profile incidents that originally drove the investigation was a phone conversation after the 2020 presidential election between then-President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), Georgia’s top elections official. Trump desperately pushed for action on the election outcome, potentially perpetrating criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the process. Per available details, potential criminal charges that might emerge from Willis’s probe include racketeering, which is a form of criminal conspiracy. Willis’s investigation already expanded, and longtime Trump ally Rudy Giuliani was even identified as a target of the investigation, meaning charges are possible. Giuliani was involved with setting up faked electoral votes for Trump and repeatedly lied to state legislators about the last presidential election’s integrity.

“I mean, if crime happens in my jurisdiction, who’s going to investigate it?” Willis remarked. “I do not have the right to look the other way on a crime that could have impacted a major right of people in this community and throughout the nation.” Trump was stopped in his election meddling attempts in Georgia by refusals from state officials to go along with the then-president, but what if Raffensperger and Republican Governor Brian Kemp arrived at a different decision? In his complaints about Willis, Trump referred to the district attorney as a “young, ambitious, Radical Left” prosecutor, although she is 50 years old and — on the point of her supposedly left-leaning inclinations — receives criticism from progressively minded individuals like the current head of the Georgia NAACP over her handling of criminal justice issues.

Trump’s complaints are relevant beyond their nonsensical nature. After the ex-president tore into her work at a January rally, Willis asked for security assistance from the FBI. Willis “has declined to answer questions about the likely course of her investigation as it specifically pertains to Mr. Trump, but his indictment in Georgia remains a plausible scenario,” as The New York Times summarized ongoing developments in the case. The legal issues ensnaring Trump in Georgia add to a remarkably long list of criminal and civil proceedings implicating Donald, from the federal probe into the handling of government records to civil litigation from D.C. officers over the ex-president’s role in inciting the Capitol riot.