In a recorded call from Trump to Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State, ahead of the official 2020 vote certification, Trump told the election official to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to end his loss to Joe Biden in the able to reverse.
Akerman, who served as an assistant special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former president Richard Nixon, said he believes the band will be enough to lead to a possible conviction.
“If you now ask which of the cases, which one will send Donald Trump to jail, this is the case,” he said. “There is a very neat three-year-long crime in Georgia that Donald Trump violated. Prosecutors like evidence that was taped because you can not cross-examine it.”
“What’s significant about those ties is that when you put it in the context of all the evidence that the January 6 committee uncovered – you put it together, Donald Trump has no defense in Georgia,” he added.
“If I have to put my money on one prosecution that is going to continue here that will send Donald Trump to jail – that’s Georgia.”
Trump may have violated several federal laws in his call with Raffensperger. Georgia state law also makes it a crime to intentionally tamper with “any voter list, voter certificate, numbered voter list, ballot box, voting machine, direct recording electronic (DRE) equipment, or table machine” or to request another person to commit such an offense, punishable by a sentence of up to three years imprisonment.
Trump’s only potential defense would be to “somehow pick up some ambiguity in the band, that he did not really mean what he said,” Akerman remarked, though he does not think it will stand up Not.
“In the context of the committee found on January 6, I think they got a case beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.
The House of Commons’ select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. capital this month unveiled damning evidence from thousands of hours of testimony and tens of thousands of pages of documents at hearings that paint a picture of how Trump and his allies spread falsehoods about . the 2020 election and tried to overturn the results despite knowing that the accusations were untrue.
Trump argued his conversation with Raffensperger was “PERFECT and appropriate.”