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Georgia investigation into Trump’s request to ‘find’ him expands

Georgia’s Donald Trump bombshell inquiry calls for state official to ‘find’ more votes for him after 2020 presidential election ramps up, and could expand amid racketeering charges on various GOP attempts to overturn the vote.

Up to 50 witnesses are expected to be called before a special grand jury criminal investigation into Republican election interference after Trump lost the presidential election in the state.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis postponed the acceleration until after the primary election, which was held last week.

But now, “based on his pugnacity, it looks like it’s going full steam ahead,” an attorney whose client was contacted by Willis investigators told Yahoo News. “She is much more aggressive and determined than I expected.”

Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger won the GOP primary despite Trump’s strong endorsement of rival Jody Hice.

Raffensperger is the official Trump lobbied on the phone to find him enough votes to make him a winner in Georgia – after the election was over and the votes were already counted. “Guys, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” Trump pleaded.

Raffensperger denied Trump’s call to vote and said investigations had proven the election was legitimate. When Trump later lied about the phone call, Raffensperger released a recording of it. Raffensperger must now testify before the grand jury and is expected to be a main witness.

But the potential crimes go far beyond Trump’s phone call. Willis is also assessing racketeering and other possible charges involving a number of activities aimed at throwing out state election results, she told The New York Times.

A key target will be the list of fake voters Republicans had created to replace legitimate voters. The scheme could result in charges of fraud, Willis said.

“There are so many issues that could have arisen if someone was involved in submitting a document that they know is fake,” she told The Times. “You can not do that.”

Yahoo also referenced unnamed sources who said the Willis team was potentially looking into Trump’s phone call as part of a larger conspiracy to use false claims of voter fraud to intimidate officials and lawmakers in order to reverse the results of the presidential election. Such actions could potentially be prosecuted under a strict state racketeering law. Last year, Willis brought in Atlanta attorney John Floyd, who is a national racketeering expert.

The Georgia investigation is widely seen by experts as the biggest legal threat to Trump. In his explosive phone call, there was no request for a recount – merely a request to “find” just enough votes to put him on top. His former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was also particularly brazen in an effort to simply weed out legitimate voters from a bogus list to overturn the election.

Willis assembled a team of about 10 prosecutors and agents for the investigation. Earlier this month, a group traveled to Washington to meet with January 6 committee investigators and share information, a source told Yahoo.

Check out the Times story here and the full Yahoo News story here.




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