Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis is armed with powerfully damaging information on Donald Trump amid a special grand jury probe that might make her the primary official to prove the previous president had criminal intent when attempting to overturn the 2020 election results, in keeping with a former federal prosecutor.
To charge Trump with against the law, Willis will “need what everyone else who’s investigating the previous president’s involvement in election fraud or outright election criminality needs — proof of the previous president’s frame of mind,” Joyce Vance, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, said on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show” Sunday.
Willis “has a superb case walking within the door to that grand jury because she’s got the tape” of Trump soliciting votes after the election, Vance added.
Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger ahead of the official vote certification, telling him to “find” enough votes to vary his loss to Joe Biden within the state right into a victory. “Fellas, I would like 11,000 votes. Give me a break,” Trump pleaded on the decision, which Raffensperger recorded.
The decision is especially damning, Vance said, because Trump is “asking not for an investigation into potential voting fraud, not for a glance to see whether something went unsuitable, but he’s asking” Raffensperger simply to “find him the particular variety of votes that he needs” to make him a winner.
“That’s pretty good evidence of criminal intent walking into it,” and Willis will depend on witnesses to “put some flesh on the bones,” Vance added.
While Trump’s phone call launched the Georgia probe into election interference, the investigation has now been expanded into include possible racketeering and fraud linked to a lot of efforts by Republicans to upend the election.
A key focus will likely be the slate of pretend electors Republicans created, aiming to substitute them for the state’s legitimate electors. Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was deeply involved in that scheme.
As many as 50 witnesses are expected to be called before the grand jury. Raffensperger, fresh from his GOP primary victory for secretary of state despite fierce opposition from Trump, is slated to testify Thursday.
Trump isn’t completely satisfied about any of it, in keeping with recent posts on Truth Social.
Donald Trump blasts Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over probe into Trump’s recorded solicitation of votes for him after the presidential election.
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