2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA/INVESTIGATIONS: “Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office opened a probe on Monday [Feb. 8, 2021] into former U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, a step that could lead to a criminal investigation by state and local authorities…
Legal experts say Trump’s phone calls may have violated at least three state criminal election laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, and intentional interference with performance of election duties. The felony and misdemeanor violations are punishable by fines or imprisonment.
If Trump were prosecuted, he would likely argue that he genuinely believed the election was rigged against him, the experts said, noting that criminal laws generally require a guilty state of mind or a deliberate intent to carry out a crime – and that this may be a high hurdle to clear in this case.”
-Linda So, “Georgia Secretary of State’s office launches probe into Trump’s election phone call,” reuters.com, Feb. 8, 2021