Central Question as Georgia Inquiry Wraps: Will Trump Face Criminal Charges?
Mr. Trump’s lawyers said in a statement Monday that they would not be at Tuesday’s hearing, adding that Mr. Trump “was never subpoenaed nor asked to come in voluntarily by this grand jury or anyone in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.”
Understand Georgia’s Investigation of Election Interference
The potential charges. Experts say that Ms. Willis appears to be building a case that could target multiple defendants with charges of conspiracy to commit election fraud or racketeering-related charges for engaging in a coordinated scheme to undermine the election.
“Therefore, we can assume that the grand jury did their job and looked at the facts and the law, as we have, and concluded there were no violations of the law by President Trump,” the statement concluded.
The springboard for the investigation was the now-famous call by Mr. Trump on Jan. 2, 2021, during which he pressured Mr. Raffensperger, a fellow Republican. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Mr. Trump said during the call, which was recorded by Mr. Raffensperger’s office.
Mr. Trump had already been undermining the election results for weeks. “Everyone knows that we won the state,” he said on Twitter on Nov. 13.
By Nov. 20, Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said he was legally required to certify Georgia’s election results, sealing Mr. Biden’s win. “The Governor of Georgia, and Secretary of State, refuse to let us look at signatures which would expose hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter that day.
Mr. Giuliani then traveled to Georgia to conduct a hearing in the State Senate, where he raised alarms about corrupted voting machines and garbage cans stuffed with Biden ballots — claims seen as dubious even within the Trump campaign.
Josh Findlay, a Trump campaign lawyer, told the committee that there were “justifiable complaints about election administration,” but that “the big complaints that you would hear about, you know, massive vote flips and things like that, we just didn’t ever — at least in Georgia, we did not ever find any evidence of that.”