Major Criminal Investigation of Trump Begins; Many Officials Are Subpoenaed, Numerous Targets
Trump’s Criminal Investigation Hits The Ground
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2021) – An ever-expanding criminal investigation in Georgia of former president Donald Trump – as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham, lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and others – is hitting the ground running this week with the convening of two grand juries expected to issue subpoenas to Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and others, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf.
The investigation by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was triggered by a criminal complaint filed by Banzhaf about a phone call by Trump to convince Raffensperger to change the presidential election results, but it has now been expanded to include, according to Willis, any efforts to influence the presidential election in Georgia.
This will include not only the Raffensperger phone call, but also a different call by Trump to an investigator, a phone call between Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt departure of Byung “BJay” Pak, the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and the false claims of election fraud by Rudy Giuliani made before Georgia legislators.
The Criminal Charges
Trump is potentially facing the crime of felonious Criminal Solicitation to Commit election fraud, as well as a charge under Georgia’s RICO [Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations] statute which is much more powerful and wide reaching than the federal RICO law.
The seriousness of the investigation and possible prosecutions is highlighted by the decisions of several officials in Georgia to hire personal attorneys, even though they do not appear to be targets of the grand jury investigations.
As Banzhaf noted in his criminal complaint: “many other election-law and/or criminal law experts in Georgia have agreed that Trump’s telephone calls constitute criminal law violations by the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard or, at the very least, clearly require a criminal investigation. These experts include two past presidents of the State Bar of Georgia, many former U.S. attorneys, a former Georgia Secretary of State as well as several former Georgia prosecutors, the dean of a Georgia law school as well as a Georgia law school professor, and what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution termed a ‘cascade of elected officials.”