Donald Trump could be charged with multiple crimes over his attempts to overturn his loss in the state of Georgia, report says
Former President Donald Trump. Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images
Donald Trump could face charges of meddling in the Georgia elections, a new report said.
The report says Trump and his allies have pressured Georgia officials to reverse his loss in the state.
Trump faces multiple investigations into his post-election behavior in Georgia.
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Former President Donald Trump could face multiple crimes charges of electoral interference in Georgia, a new report said.
The report from the Brookings Institution, a leading Washington DC think tank, analyzes publicly available evidence showing Trump and his allies attempted to pressure Georgia officials to "change the lawful outcome of the elections."
One key piece of evidence is Trump's now infamous January 3 phone call to Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He told him to "find 11,780 votes" to overturn Biden's victory.
The report adds that Trump publicly pressured and personally contacted several other Georgia officials to ask them to help him reverse his loss in the state.
These include Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr, who reportedly called Trump directly in December to urge them to support "his increasingly desperate plans to undo his loss."
"We conclude that Trump's post-election behavior in Georgia puts him at significant risk of potential multi-crime state charges," the report said.
"These charges may include criminal inducement to electoral fraud, willful interference in the exercise of electoral duties, conspiracy to commit electoral fraud, criminal inducement, and violating state RICO."
The report added that criminal liability could extend to some Trump allies, including his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani appeared before committees at the Georgia Capitol with the intent of convincing state lawmakers to "take extraordinary measures to undo Biden's victory," the report said.
In February, Raffensperger's office opened an investigation into Trump's efforts to reverse his loss in the state.
Fulton County's District Attorney Fani Willis also opened a criminal investigation into Trump's behavior in relation to the election.
The Brookings Institution report analyzes these investigations and suggests what crime Trump could be charged with and how he can legally defend himself.
The report suggests that Trump would likely seek immunity as he argues that he cannot be prosecuted for actions taken during his presidency.
Former presidents enjoy some immunity for acts "that are within the scope of their legal obligations as federal officials," the report said.
In this case, however, Trump's actions were "well outside the scope of his official duties," the report said.
Trump and his allies continued to make unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 elections were fraudulent.
The former president is currently facing multiple criminal investigations into his conduct during his tenure as well as his personal finances.
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