Georgia prosecutors are nearing the opening of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's apparent efforts to undo Joe Biden's victory in the state.
According to the New York Times, "Georgia prosecutors seem increasingly likely to initiate a criminal investigation into President Trump's attempts to dismiss the 2020 state election results, an investigation into crimes that would be beyond his pardon."
A major focus of the investigation would be the infamous phone call Trump made to the Georgian Foreign Secretary asking Republican officials to find just enough votes to steal the election.
"I only want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us," Trump said on the conference call. "Because we won the state."
According to The Times, "veteran Georgia prosecutors" say Trump's behavior was a clear violation of the law.
More from the report:
"Once you have the fact that he is the President of the United States and you watch the call being carried out, it is tracking the communications you might see in a drug or organized crime case," said Michael J. Moore, the former United States attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. "It's full of menacing undertones and tactics with strong arms."
He said he believed there had been "a clear attempt to influence the Secretary of State's behavior, commit election fraud or solicit the election fraud commission".
Not even an apology can save Trump
For a man like Donald Trump, who appears to have committed crimes that legally endanger him in several states, a pardon is not the silver bullet he needs.
Whether it's the ongoing investigation in New York, Washington DC, and now Georgia state, Trump's criminal conduct has gone too far for self-pardon to fix.
As former DOJ official and US attorney Harry Litman pointed out on Twitter, this possible investigation into Trump's electoral crimes in Georgia poses a serious risk to the outgoing president.
No doubt Trump will be able to defend suits from that time for the rest of his life. But this one is up there with the New York District Attorney about his exposure. Election manipulation, a crime in Georgia, in his appeal to the Secretary of State https://t.co/oNJYIAjUDS
– Harry Litman (@harrylitman) January 16, 2021
With only a few days left in the most corrupt and incompetent presidency in American history, there is undoubtedly left a self-forgiveness for Trump on the table. But it will not save him from the legal troubles he will face if he leaves his office.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.