The Georgia prosecutor tasked with investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the electoral results of the 2020 presidential election says he believes there are grounds to criminally charge him, and while it could happen now, he says they are pursuing a broader, more expansive case that will likely take more time.
Fani Willis, Fulton County District Attorney, has been investigating Trump for well over a year, specifically related to the publication of a phone call of Trump attempting to convince Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to help him overturn the election.
Michael Moore, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia at one point, explained the process:
“I think there could be a very clear cut case and sort of a rifle shot approach to this. That is to just move forward on quick felony charge using the phone call as the basis of that.”
Moore continued by saying that Raffensperger’s testimony could be powerful in bringing Trump down:
“He has been all over the news media when this happened. He told everybody about — he wrote a book about it and marketed for his book as he made appearances. we have other statements from him that could be used in a prosecution. That’s one of the reasons that I think a clear criminal grand jury would be easy.”
“What this tells me about what she’s doing — moving forward looking at conspiracy charges, possible charges on other people — that’s fine. There’s validity to casting a wider net. The thing you have to be aware of as prosecutor, the wider the net, the more shots you make available by defense attack in appellate courts.”
According to Fani, the investigators will soon have all they need to move forward with prosecution of Trump:
“We realize that we’re coming to a place that there are enough people that will require a subpoena for us to speak to or for us to be able to get information. There’s a possibility that after two months we’ll have all the information we need to press forward. There’s a possibility that after week one that some appellate issue will come and there’s a halt. But what I do think is within a year we will have all the information that we need.”