In December, Donald Trump called a Georgia elections investigator and asked the top investigator to “find the fraud.”
Trump’s call to the investigator was before his call to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The Washinton Post broke the news about the call to the investigator who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, the New York Times reports.
According to the investigator, Trump told them they would be considered a “national hero” if they found the fraud. Apparently, the call was made while an audit was conducted of more than 15,000 ballots in Cobb County.
Officials decided to do the audit to appease Trump and his allies, who kept making baseless claims that there was widespread voter fraud. Trump lost Georgia by 12,000 votes to Joe Biden.
Trump also said there were issues with the signature-matching system used by election officials in Georgia to verify absentee voters’ identities, the outlet reported.
The audit turned up no evidence of fraud, and out of 15,000, there were only two errors found.
Democrats in the House plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump this coming week for inciting Wednesday’s Capitol violent and deadly riot.
Legal scholars say Trump violated election laws on a state and federal level when he made the call to the Secretary of State. However, it may be hard for prosecutors to carry out the persecution.
Trump also called Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, asking him to hold a special session with Georgia legislators to overturn the election results.
Raffensperger has suggested that the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis investigate the call due to a conflict of interest.
As for now, an investigation has not been launched, but it’s still possible, Willis said. He also called Trump’s call to Raffensperger” disturbing.”