Georgia’s Office of the Secretary of State is investigating attempts by former President Trump to overturn the 2020 election results, Reuters reports.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office has faced calls to investigate after Donald Trump’s phone call was leaked, in which he tried to pressure Raffensperger into overturning state elections, based on unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.
“The Office of the Secretary of State is investigating the complaints it receives,” said Walter Jones, spokesman for Brad Raffensperger. “All further legal steps will be left to the discretion of the attorney general.”
Experts point out that Trump’s phone calls may violate at least three state electoral laws: conspiracy to rig elections, criminal incitement to rig elections, and willful interference in elections.
During a phone call on January 2, 2021, Donald Trump urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to reverse the Georgia loss.
“Here’s what I want to do: I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Donald Trump said.
Trump did not have enough votes to win Georgia. The president also made another phone call in December to the chief investigator in charge of electoral fraud, Raffensperger’s office said.
Two Democratic Congressmen, Kathleen Rice and Ted Lew, have written to the FBI asking them to open a criminal investigation into Trump’s call to Raffensperger.
Trump sees investigations into his family as politically motivated.