The State of Georgia was a bit of an unexpected focal point during the 2020 US Presidential election, and their limelight hasn’t faded much in the 8 weeks since Joe Biden was inaugurated.
First and foremost, Georgia appeared to turn blue in November – something that hasn’t happened in the Peach State in nearly 30 years.
Secondly, a notorious phone call between then-President Donald Trump and still-GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger in which the former asked the latter to “find” votes, has been the focus of at least one probe in the state and could culminate in some sort of culpability for the former Commander in Chief.
Now it appears as thought former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani could find himself under the gun as well.
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Local prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, are actively researching whether they can apply “false statement” charges against Rudy Giuliani and other members of Donald Trump’s team for their mendacity-packed attempts to meddle with the state’s 2020 election results, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and a former New York City mayor, twice presented Georgia state legislators withfake evidence and wild allegations of a conspiracy theory to commit widespread election fraud. Separately, on two recorded phone calls to state election officials, then-President Trump made specific false claims that votes for him were discarded and suitcases full of votes for Joe Biden were trucked in.
The charges could get tricky, however.
Several former Georgia district attorneys told The Daily Beast that investigators are likely relying on a state law that makes it a felony to “knowingly and willfully” make a false statement on “any matter within the jurisdiction” of the state government. The criminal charge carries a punishment of one to five years in prison.
Applying this state law to the former president’s attorney would be a beyond-rare strategy, former prosecutors say. But then again, so was Team Trump’s conduct after the election.
Sidney Powell, a pro-Trump lawyer who also made several contested statements about election security, (specifically regarding the work of Dominion Voting Systems), argued in court that no one should have been taking her seriously when it came to election statements.
Could Rudy wind up looking at a similar defense?
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