Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator’s spam folder, report says

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Officials reportedly located the recording in Watson’s spam folder when responding to a public records request.

A six-minute phone call between former President Donald Trump and a Georgian election official was published on Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal.

Trump used the December conversation to pressure Frances Watson, the investigations supervisor to the Georgia Secretary of State, to find nonexistent examples of voter fraud before “the very important date” of January 6, the paper reported.

It was previously believed that a recording of his phone call did not exist, The Washington Post reported in January.

Officials, however, recently located the recording in Watson’s spam folder when responding to a public records request, an unnamed person familiar with the incident told The Post.

In the conversation between Trump and Watson, the former president asked her to look into the “dishonesty” at Fulton County. He also claimed that his campaign “won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Fulton County, a heavily Democratic jurisdiction, voted for Biden in the 2020 election. There is no evidence of widespread fraud there.

Trump lost Georgia by over 11,000 votes, an outcome that was certified after ballots were counted three times.

In the call, Trump also told Watson that she would be “praised” when “the right answer comes out.”

The conversation preceded Trump’s infamous chat with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, in which the former president asked him to “find” additional votes to overturn President Joe Biden’s win.

A criminal investigation into this conversation and Trump’s efforts to “influence the administration of the 2020 Georgia General Election” was opened in Fulton County last month.

Raffensperger also initiated a “fact-finding inquiry” into the phone call last month, The New York Times reported.

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Georgia prosecutor seriously considering a criminal investigation into Trump’s election interference, report says

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President Donald J. Trump stops to talk to reporters as he walks to board Marine One and depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Fulton County’s district attorney is seriously considering launching a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.
  • This follows calls by a watchdog group and Democratic lawmakers to have Trump investigated for interfering in the 2020 election.
  • The only Democrat on Georgia’s state election board is demanding that an inquiry launch be announced before February 10, reported The Washington Post.
  • The inquiry would mainly focus on Trump’s phone call with Brad Raffensperger, in which he asked the secretary of state to ‘find’ 11,780 votes.
  • Trump, who is reported to be considering pardoning himself, would not be protected from a state prosecution.
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Prosecutors in Georgia are moving closer to opening a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump, according to The New York Times.

Fulton County’s new district attorney, Fani Willis, is seriously considering whether to launch an official inquiry into Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Election, the paper reported.

Willis has also deliberated over whether to hire a special assistant to oversee the inquiry, sources told the Times.

The calls for Trump to be investigated have come from watchdog groups and Democratic lawmakers.

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Earlier this month, the sole Democrat on Georgia’s state election board, David Worley, called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to look into Trump’s controversial hour-long phone call, according to The Washington Post.

Worley referred to a Georgia state code that makes it illegal to solicit someone into committing election fraud, the paper reported. Violating ยง 21-2-604 is punishable by up to three years in jail.

In Trump’s call, obtained by the Post, the president urged Raffensperger to ‘find’ 11,780 votes to secure a win over President-elect Joe Biden. This request was rebuffed.

Since Worley’s request, Raffensperger has noted a potential conflict of interest in him investigating the conversation. He told ABC News that Fulton County would be a more “appropriate venue” to conduct a criminal investigation.

Worley has since warned that if Fulton County’s district attorney doesn’t announce an inquiry into the phone call by the date of the state election board’s next meeting, then he would make a motion to refer it to her office, according to The New York Times.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2021.

If the motion does not result in an official referral, Worley told the paper that he would contact Willis himself and urge her to launch an investigation.

Some legal experts believe that Trump’s phone call might have broken both state and federal law, according to Slate.

Read more: Secret Service protection would follow Trump if he goes to prison, former agents say.

It has been reported that Trump is considering pardoning himself before leaving office – but these efforts might not fully protect him.

Federal pardons do not apply to state prosecutions. Trump, therefore, risks being charged with offenses that go beyond his pardoning power.

Trump is already facing criminal investigations brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Both of these cases also go beyond the reach of a presidential pardon.

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