The Washington Post reports:
The only Democrat on Georgia’s state election board on Sunday called on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to investigate possible civil and criminal violations committed by President Trump during a phone call over the weekend in which the president pressured Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat.
David J. Worley, an Atlanta lawyer, said a transcript of the hour-long call, a recording of which was obtained by The Washington Post, amounted to “probable cause” to believe that Trump had violated Georgia election code.
“It’s a crime to solicit election fraud, and asking the secretary to change the votes is a textbook definition of election fraud,” he said in an interview with The Post on Sunday.
Trump committed a crime under Georgia law — criminal solicitation of election fraud. As the Supreme Court held in Trump v. Vance (2020), a sitting president is subject to criminal process. So when he enters Georgia, he can be arrested and charged.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 4, 2021
I wonder if Trump knows you can commit a state crime in Georgia by telephone from DC, and you can’t pardon yourself or your henchmen on state charges.
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 4, 2021
So Donald Trump has committed a serious crime in Georgia that wouldn’t be washed away even by a presidential self-pardon if such a thing could be pulled off — which it can’t. https://t.co/sj0RlHbYRX
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 3, 2021
“If a president can pardon himself as well as his or her subordinates, a president can order any crime, or commit it himself, with absolute impunity. The very notion of a self-pardon is radically inconsistent with democratic accountability.”–@davidfrum https://t.co/hWWvfyGPjN
— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) January 4, 2021
Crystal Mason, a Black mother of three, is currently serving five years in prison because she cast a vote in Texas in 2016 without knowing those with a prior felony are ineligible.
Trump blatantly tried to coerce an elections official over the phone. This is a crime. Charge him.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 3, 2021
Should be just one of many. Multiple federal, as well as state-level crimes were committed in this one phone call.https://t.co/mSrSW5Q1AP
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) January 4, 2021