Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ team received text messages and emails directly linking former President Donald Trump’s legal team to a January 2021 electoral system violation in Georgia’s Coffee County, CNN reported Sunday.
Willis, who is expected to file charges against more than a dozen people as early as Tuesday, has collected evidence that the breach “was a top-down attack by former President Donald Trump’s team to gain access to sensitive voting software.” obtain,” as part of a larger push to obtain evidence supporting Trump’s baseless cheating allegations, multiple sources told the outlet.
While the probe has focused on efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the state election, including Trump’s infamous phone call urging George’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find enough votes to reverse his defeat, violating the Electoral system “quietly and quietly come to light”. according to the report, set a focus over the past year.
The texts and other court documents show that days before the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Trump attorneys and other associates attempted to access Coffee County’s electoral systems.
A former Trump official testified before the House committee on Jan. 6 that plans to access Georgia’s electoral systems were discussed in White House meetings, including an Oval Office meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, at which Trump also attended.
Six days before pro-Trump activists gained unauthorized access to the electoral systems, a local elections official who facilitated the violation sent a “written invitation” to attorneys working for Trump, according to texts obtained by CNN.
Prosecutors have been investigating the role of former election commissioner Misty Hampton, as well as the involvement of Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. According to CNN, Hampton’s invitation was passed on to attorneys and former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, an investigator then working for Giuliani.
Katherine Friess, an attorney working with Giuliani and Powell, shared the letter and informed the staff who committed the violation that Trump’s team had received written permission to access the systems, the texts said.
“Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with it,” Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, told CNN. “You can’t associate Rudy Giuliani with Sidney Powell’s crazy idea.”
Giuliani received a letter last year telling him he was a target of the investigation.
Coffee County was specifically mentioned in a draft executive order to confiscate voting equipment presented to Trump during a chaotic Oval Office meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, in which Giuliani alluded to a plan to allow “voluntary access” to voting equipment in Georgia obtained, according to the report.
“This is damning stuff and the kind of evidence created for Georgia RICO. This shows a pattern of unlawful activity across the state.” tweeted Georgia State Law Prof. Anthony Michael Kreis. “Following this news, Rudy Giuliani will almost certainly face charges on Tuesday. I would be curious to see if Bernie Kerik is also involved.”
Former US Attorney Harry Litman wrote that the report described “multiple crimes” and “clumsy behavior reminiscent of Watergate.”
CNN legal analyst Norm Eisen, who served as the Democrats’ attorney during Trump’s first impeachment, said the report “puts things together.”
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“We now have evidence ranging from Coffee County to Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani and, as CNN reports, to the Oval Office because that was discussed on December 18th in one of the very infamous Oval Office meetings as to whether it’s possible.” is.” to gain access to these voting systems in Georgia and others across the country,” he said. “This is of course important because one of the most serious crimes we have in the 21st century is unauthorized access and hacking of computer systems.”
Eisen predicted that the charges against Willis would target the falsified voter plan, calling out to Raffensperger, and violating Coffee County.
“It condenses the three conspiracies that we talked about, including this hacking conspiracy, into one big case that you can take to a jury where you’re like, ‘Hey, what was the point of those fake ballot papers? What was the point of that?’” He urged Georgia officials to do the wrong thing? What was the purpose of the computer hacking?’” he explained. “Same point: All of these people worked together in what we call a corporation to allow Donald Trump to supposedly stay in office even though we know he lost the election. You can’t do that in American.” Law.”
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