ATLANTA - A Georgia prosecutor said in a letter sent Wednesday that she has opened a criminal investigation into "attempts to influence" the outcome of last year’s general election.
Former President Donald Trump was not specifically named in the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' letter, but he has come under intense criticism for a call he made to the state’s top elections official.
In a Jan. 6 phone call, Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to find him enough votes to win the state.
"All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11780 votes which is one more than we have. Because we won the state," Trump told Raffensperger.
President Donald Trump (Photo credit: White House)
Based on a complaint from George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf, Raffesnperger opened an investigation into the attempt by the former president to sway the election his way.
Raffesnperger planned to turn over the results to Attorney General Chris Carr and the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Now, the I-Team has obtained these letters written by Willis telling Georgia's top elected leaders she has already opened an election investigation and she wants them to preserve all potential evidence relating to the 2020 election.
The letters were sent to Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, Carr, and Raffensperger. Each letter is identical, and spells out an investigation of a shopping list of possible crimes from "potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting the solicitation of election fraud" to "conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election's administration."
The letters don't mention the ex-president by name, but FOX 5 was told Willis is looking into Trump's phone calls to Georgia officials following his defeat.
FOX 5's Dale Russell asked former DeKalb County Prosecutor J. Tom Morgan if this was unusual.
"I've never heard of it Dale," said Morgan.
Morgan, who now works as a law professor, was stunned to hear the news of the investigation. He says Willis is clearly interested in preserving any evidence for a future grand jury investigation.
When asked what the most surprising thing about the investigation was, Morgan said it was "that the phone call was ever made. Not one, but two phone calls were made - trying to get Georgia election officials to overturn a valid returned election."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.