Trump Against ‘Strong Evidence’ in Georgia, Expert Predicts Prosecution

Former White House special counsel Norm Eisen assessed Sunday that there is “particularly strong evidence” against Donald Trump in an ongoing criminal investigation in Georgia, and predicts the former president will be “probably” charged.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis convened a grand jury in May to review evidence and testimony regarding Trump’s alleged efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election in the state. Leaked audio of a phone call between Trump and Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021 showed that the then president urged the Republican official to “find” enough votes to flip the state’s results in his favor .

Eisen, who previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, was interviewed on CNN to give his assessment of the evidence presented by the House select committee investigating the pro-Trump riots in the Capitol of 6. January 2021 examined. as well as the former president’s efforts to change his election loss. The legal expert, who is now a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said he expects Trump to be prosecuted.

The attorney argued that Trump “probably” committed crimes related to Jan. 6, pointing out that Federal District Court Judge David Carter of the Central District of California made the same assessment in a March ruling. However, Eisen said he believes Willis’s investigation into Trump in Georgia could be the strongest.

Legal expert Norm Eisen predicted that former President Donald Trump will “probably” be prosecuted in Georgia. Above, Trump speaks at a “Save America” ​​rally on March 26 in Commerce, Georgia.
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“I think the evidence is particularly strong for a prosecution in the state of Georgia, where the Atlanta DA has convened a special grand jury,” Eisen said.

“And we have that tape where Trump says to… [Georgia’s] Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who is also expected to be a witness at these hearings, said “Secretary Raffensperger, just find 11,780 voices that don’t exist,” he added, citing the former president’s comments in the leaked appeal.

“So, yes, I expect, very likely, that there will be a prosecution against Mr. Trump in the future,” concluded the legal expert.

In late May, Laurence Tribe, emeritus professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, shared a similar analysis on Twitter. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia becomes the first jurisdiction to charge a former president with felony charges. I doubt it will be the last. And I think the charges will continue,” he tweeted.

Willis, a Democrat, claimed earlier this year that she plans to conduct a fair and impartial investigation.

“I have no idea what I will find. I think a good law enforcement officer, a good prosecutor, you come in with an open mind, you get the facts for what they are, there will be some statutes that we will look at at ,” the Fulton County District Attorney told WSB-TV2 Atlanta. “If those facts conform to the elements of those statutes, we’ll file charges.”

Raffensperger, who drew Trump’s wrath for his refusal to help him overturn Georgia’s election results, told news week at the beginning of May that he had fully cooperated with the investigation. The foreign minister said he intended to follow the constitution and comply with whatever was required.

“My job is to make sure I’m following the law. And like I said, if they need additional documentation or ask for testimony, we’ll make available those people who can give that testimony they need.” Because we respect the law in our office,” he said.

Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing regarding his phone call to Raffensperger and his efforts to reverse the 2020 election results. He continues to insist that President Joe Biden won only because of widespread voter fraud.

No evidence has been found to corroborate Trump’s claim. Dozens of state and federal court judges weighed in after the 2020 election, consistently ruling against legal challenges brought by the former president and his allies. Even Trump-appointed judges dismissed the lawsuits.

Former Attorney General William Barr, widely regarded as one of Trump’s most loyal cabinet members, has repeatedly explained that the former president’s claims are “bullsh*t.” In testimony before the House select committee investigating the Capitol riots, the former president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, said she respected the former attorney general and “accepted” his assessment regarding the election.

news week contacted Trump’s press office for comment.

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