Georgia Prosecutors Investigating Alleged 2020 Election Interference

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Fulton County prosecutors have launched an investigation into attempts to influence Georgia’s election results, according to a letter from recently elected Democratic District Attorney Fani Willis.

Willis sent a letter to state government officials requesting they preserve documents in regards to “an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election,” according to NPR.

A copy of the letter was sent to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who had a phone call with President Donald Trump during which Trump told him to “find” enough votes to sway the election.

The letter does not explicitly mention Trump, but it does note that contacts “were made by subjects of the investigation with other agencies that could be investigating this matter, including the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the United States Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Georgia.”

“This investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration,” the letter states.

The letter was also sent to Chris Carr, the state’s attorney general, Geoff Duncan, the lieutenant governor, and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Raffensperger’s office opened an investigation Monday into Trump’s efforts to allegedly overturn the election, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Trump Vows Revenge Against Brian Kemp, Raffensperger In Georgia Rally)

The probe was prompted by a complaint filed by George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf, according to the report.

“The Secretary of State’s office investigates complaints it receives,” Walter Jones, a spokesperson for Raffensperger’s office said, according to the report. Jones reportedly described the investigation as “fact finding and administrative.”

During a Jan. 2 phone call, Trump told Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” according to audio obtained by NPR. Biden won Georgia by 11,779 votes.

Trump also alleged that there was voter fraud and questioned whether Fulton County “shredded ballots.” Biden outperformed Trump in Fulton County by 244,204 votes.

Raffensperger pushed back against Trump’s allegations, saying “the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong.”