Trump May Face Criminal Charges Over Georgia Vote

Published September 27th, 2021 - 08:24 GMT
Trump may face criminal charges
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on September 25, 2021 in Perry, Georgia. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP
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Donald Trump could face a multitude of criminal charges for his attempts to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss in Georgia, according to a report

A new report suggests that former president Donald Trump could face multiple criminal charges for his attempts to overturn his loss in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election. 

The report by the Brookings Institute think-tank found that 'the Georgia electoral process and vote count was subjected to sustained assault' by Trump and his allies as they attempted to 'change the lawful outcome of the election.'

The DC-based institute concluded that Trump and some of his allies, including Rudy Giuliani,  could be charged with election fraud, intentional interference with an election official's performance of election-related duties, and conspiracy. 

The report also suggest that they could be charged with an array of election misconduct such as false statements in connections with official matters, attempts to influence government officials in improper ways, and solicitation of action violative of public officer oaths. 

It also notes that Trump violated the Georgia Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which Fulton County's District Attorney, Fani T. Willis, has been investigating since his January 2, phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

Much of the 107-page report from the Brookings Institute revolves around the notorious call when Trump pressured the Georgia secretary of state to 'find' votes.   

During the January 2 phone call, Trump repeatedly argued that Raffensperger could change the certified results, an assertion the secretary of state firmly rejected.

'All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,' Trump said. 'Because we won the state.' Biden was ahead of Trump by 11,779 votes at the time, and ultimately carried the state by that margin. 

'There's no way I lost Georgia,' Trump insisted. 'There's no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.' 

The former president's senior advisor, Jason Miller, told DailyMail.com there was nothing unusual about the call, suggesting there is no need for an investigation.

'There was nothing improper or untoward about a scheduled call between President Trump, Secretary Raffensperger and lawyers on both sides,' Miller said.

 

'If Mr. Raffensperger didn't want to receive calls about the election, he shouldn't have run for Secretary of State,' he continued. 'And the only reason the call became public was because Mr. Raffensperger leaked it in an attempt to score political points.' 

Georgia's secretary of state office is currently in its seventh month of a criminal investigation into the notorious phone call. 

The report from the Brookings Institute also cited other instances when Trump contacted other Georgia officials to help him overturn his loss, including Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr. 

Georgia was the last state to be called in the 2020 presidential election which elected Biden to be the 46th president of the United States. 

The popular vote counted 2,473,633 votes for Biden and 2461,854 votes for Trump. Biden's win was recertified in December 2020 following a recount. 

'We have now counted legally cast ballots three times, and the results remain unchanged,' Raffensperger said. 

Biden's win was the first time that Georgia voted Democratic since electing Bill Clinton to the White House in 1992. 

Former presidents are usually protected by a measure of immunity for actions taken that 'fall within the scope of their lawful duties as a federal official,' but the report argues that Trump's potentially illegal actions were 'well outside the scope of his official duties.' 

'Stated simply, soliciting and then threatening senior state officials to alter the outcome of a presidential election does not fall within any reasoned conception of the scope of presidential power,' the report states. 

He would also not be immune from state charges, meaning Georgia could still pursue him if its investigators deemed the call as an example of wrongdoing.  

Trump is currently under investigation for several potential criminal charges relating to his actions while in office and his personal finances. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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