Georgia’s Attorney General has officially opened an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse election results in that US state.
The investigation comes, among other things, in response to a phone call from Trump to Brad Ravensberger on January 2, in which he pressed the Secretary of State to declare the election results in Georgia invalid due to allegations of voting fraud. For example, Trump ordered Ravensburger to “find enough votes” to reverse his defeat in the state. The statement read: “All I want is for you to find 11,780 votes.”
Fanny Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, sent letters to several state officials, including Ravensberger, on Wednesday, with orders to preserve documents relating to that conversation. This letter confirms that the matter is part of a criminal investigation. On Monday, the Ravensburger government had already announced that it had opened a management investigation into the facts.
According to experts, Trump’s pressure on officials in Georgia violated several electoral laws, including accusations of “conspiring to incite electoral fraud” and “intentionally obstructing the performance of others’ duties in the elections.” The maximum penalty for this is one year in prison.