Georgia prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s phone call to Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger. During the call, the former president asked him to “find” the votes he needed to overturn the state’s election results.
“All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, because we won the state,” Trump said to Raffensperger during the call.
The transcript of the phone call played a prominent role in the House of Representatives’ second impeachment of the 45th president and is expected to play a central role in the Senate trial.
Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis promises to look into Trump’s actions following the now infamous Jan. 2 telephone call.
“Anyone who commits a felony violation of Georgia law in my jurisdiction will be held accountable,” Willis said in a statement last month.
“Once the investigation is complete, this matter, like all matters, will be handled by our office based on the facts and the law.”
During his Jan. 6 rally that led to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Trump told his supporters about the phone call.
“In Georgia, your secretary of state, who, I can’t believe this guy is a Republican. He loves recording telephone conversations,” Trump told the large gathering. “You know, that was a—I thought it was a great conversation, personally. So did a lot of other people love that conversation because it says what’s going on,” he said. “These people are crooked.”
According to the ‘Articles of Impeachment Against Against Donald John Trump,’ with closing endorsement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives: “President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the Constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”
The resolution cites the call to Raffensperger urging him to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results.
“We cannot allow this unprecedented provocation to go unanswered,” House members said in a statement.
“Everyone involved in this assault must be held accountable, beginning with the man most responsible for it, President Donald Trump. We cannot begin to heal the soul of this country without first delivering swift justice to all its enemies, foreign and domestic.”