Trump Dumped Again in GA; Threatened With Felony Prosecution; Neither His Threats Nor His Law Suits Will Change State’s Electoral Votes
Trump Threatened With Felony Prosecution
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 5, 2021) - A federal judge, following the lead of many other judges in a variety of states, has tossed the latest law suit filed by President Donald Trump aimed at challenging his loss in the last presidential election.
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U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen denied Trump's request that he direct Georgia to decertify its electoral votes, calling the law suit "beyond unprecedented."
He declared that the Secretary of State had done nothing wrong in recertifying the election results several times in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump's efforts to persuade - some have said "pressure" or "threaten" - the Secretary to change the results were unsuccessful, and led to him to being threatened with a possible felony prosecution, as his telephone call in now undergoing two different criminal investigations.
A second formal criminal complaint, alleging that President Donald Trump violated at least three Georgia election laws in his lengthy call, has now been filed with Attorney General Chris Carr.
Complaints Filed By John Banzhaf
The original criminal complaint, filed with the State Election Board, was not pursued because of a possible conflict of interest, but did prompt the Fulton County District Attorney to suggest the Trump may have committed felonies, and to argue that the state attorney general also had jurisdiction over this matter.
Both complaints were filed by public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who played a major role in obtaining a special prosecutor to investigate President Richard M. Nixon, and successfully sued former vice president Spiro T. Agnew.
He has also filed complaints against other public figures including former congressman Barney Frank, former congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.
Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, in announcing the opening of a criminal investigation of Trump, has promised that "anyone who commits a felony violation of Georgia law in my jurisdiction will be held accountable.”
In addition, her office has stated that the Attorney General of Georgia also has jurisdiction over this matter.
Banzhaf notes that violations of state criminal laws could be crucial in Trump's case, since he cannot pardon himself for actions which constitute crimes under state laws, nor could he be pardoned by Mike Pence should Trump resign before his term ends and Pence become president.
Indeed, Banzhaf notes that Trump's telephone call may also constitute a crime under federal law; for example 52 USC 20511: VOTING AND ELECTIONS, Criminal penalties.