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Georgia prosecutor opens investigation into Trump's effort to overturn election

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is shown speaking at Georgia's state Capitol in Atlanta on December 7, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent letters to Raffensperger and other state officials announcing her investigation into former President Donald Trump. Photo by Erik Lesser/EPA-EFE
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is shown speaking at Georgia's state Capitol in Atlanta on December 7, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent letters to Raffensperger and other state officials announcing her investigation into former President Donald Trump. Photo by Erik Lesser/EPA-EFE

Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Georgia's largest county has opened a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the results of the state's presidential election.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, sent notices Wednesday to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Attorney General Chris Carr, all Republicans, asking them to retain documents related to the investigation.

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President Joe Biden defeated Trump in Georgia by less than 12,000 votes, allowing him to win the state's 16 electoral votes. Trump roundly criticized Raffensperger, Kemp and other Georgia officials, claiming widespread voter fraud in the state.

Raffensperger recorded a conversation with Trump and some of his attorneys in early January in which Trump asked him to "find" enough votes that would give him the victory in Georgia.

The case is the second investigation into Trump's phone call with Raffensperger. Georgia state election officials announced Monday an investigation into the phone call.

"This letter is notice that the Fulton County District Attorney has opened an investigation into attempts to influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election," Willis's letter read. "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."

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Fulton County is the home of Atlanta, the state's capital and its largest city. Trump had charged Fulton County and a handful of others with voter fraud that turned the election in Biden's favor, something Raffensperger and Kemp have denied.

Carr's office said it has received the letter and they "are in the process of reviewing and synthesizing the letter."

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