Georgia elections board member says Trump could be charged for soliciting election fraud

The sole Democrat on Georgia’s state Board of Elections has called for a civil and criminal probe over a phone call in which President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find” more votes for him.

“It’s a crime to solicit election fraud, and asking the secretary to change the votes is a textbook definition of election fraud,” David Worley told The Washington Post, which first published the audio of Trump's call on Sunday.

Worley, in a letter to Raffensperger, said the call was “probable cause” for a probe into possible election code violations, citing a section of the state code criminalizing soliciting election fraud from someone else.


“Such an incident, splashed as it is across every local and national news outlet, cannot be ignored or brushed aside,” he wrote. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore cited the same law last year when he filed a complaint against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Senate presses Biden's pick for secretary of State on Iran, China, Russia and Yemen MORE (R-S.C.), whom Raffensperger said had pressured him to exclude some ballots in the Peach State.

In the call to Raffensperger, Trump demands the Georgia secretary of state “find 11,780 votes,” citing unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the state. In the call, Raffensperger declines to help the president and questions the validity of the sources of his claims.

Trump has repeatedly targeted both Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE (R) for refusing to aid his efforts to undo President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKaty Perry and her 'Firework' close out inauguration TV special Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Tom Hanks: After years of 'troubling rancor,' Inauguration Day 'is about witnessing the permanence of our American ideal' MORE’s victory in the state. The call has prompted sharp criticism from both Democrats and some Republicans, including Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Upton becomes first member of Congress to vote to impeach two presidents The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (R-Ill.), who called it “appalling” on Sunday.

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment Officials brace for second Trump impeachment trial MORE (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, went further, saying the recording “merits nothing less than a criminal investigation,” while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation Facebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension MORE (D-N.Y.) called it an impeachable offense.

The Hill has reached out to Raffensperger’s office for comment.