Donald Trump could face multiple criminal charges for his attempts to make up for his 2020 loss in GA. to undo
Donald Trump could face multiple criminal charges for his attempts to reverse his loss in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new report.
The report of the Brookings Institute think tank found that “Georgia’s electoral process and vote count were under constant attack” by Trump and his allies as they tried 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 electoral fraud, deliberate interference in the performance of election-related duties by an election official, and conspiracy.
The report also suggests they could be charged with a range of electoral misconduct, including making false statements related to official business, attempting to improperly influence government officials, and encouraging action in violation of officials’ oaths.
Former President Donald Trump could face multiple criminal charges for his attempts to reverse his loss in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new report published by The Brookings Institute
Most of the report focuses on Trump’s January 2 phone call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, when he told him to “find 11,780 votes.” Georgia Opens Criminal Investigation into Trump’s Raffensperger Phone Call
It also notes that Trump has violated the Georgia Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis has been investigating since his January 2 phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Much of the Brookings Institute’s 107-page report revolves around the infamous call when Trump pressured the Secretary of State for Georgia to “find” votes.
During the Jan. 2 phone call, Trump repeatedly argued that Raffensperger could alter the certified results, a claim the secretary of state firmly rejected.
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, that’s one more than we have,” Trump said. “Because we won the state.” Biden was 11,779 votes ahead of Trump at the time, ultimately carrying the state by that margin.
“There’s no way I’ve lost Georgia,” Trump insisted. ‘There is no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.’
The former president’s senior adviser, Jason Miller, told DailyMail.com there was nothing unusual about the call, suggesting no investigation is needed.
“There was nothing inappropriate or inappropriate about a scheduled conversation between President Trump, Secretary Raffensperger and lawyers on both sides,” Miller said.
“If Mr Raffensperger didn’t want to receive phone calls about the election, he shouldn’t have run for Secretary of State,” he continued. “And the only reason the call went public was because Mr. Raffensperger leaked it out in an effort to score political points.”
Georgia’s Secretary of State is currently in the seventh month of a criminal investigation into the infamous phone call.
The Brookings Institute report also cited other instances where Trump contacted other Georgia officials to help him reverse his loss, including Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr.
Rudy Giuliani, then-President Trump’s personal attorney, was also named in the report that said he too could face criminal charges for pressuring election officials in Georgia.
Trump is also cited for pushing Governor Brian Kemp to change election results in his favor
Georgia was the last state named in the 2020 presidential election, where Biden was elected 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 after a recount.
“We have now counted the legally cast ballots three times and the results remain unchanged,” Raffensperger said.
Biden’s victory marked the first time Georgia has voted democratically since Bill Clinton’s election to the White House in 1992.
Former presidents are usually protected by a degree of immunity from actions “which fall within the scope of their lawful duties as a federal official,” but the report states that Trump’s potentially illegal actions “were well beyond the scope of his official duties.” .
“Put simply, requesting and then threatening senior state officials to alter the outcome of the presidential election is not within a reasoned understanding of the scope of presidential power,” the report states.
He also wouldn’t be immune from state charges, meaning Georgia could still pursue him if the investigators consider the call an example of misconduct.
Trump is currently under investigation for several possible criminal charges related to his actions while in office and his personal finances.