Donald Trump is potentially facing significant legal challenges as there’s growing speculation that he and his associates could be indicted in relation to the Georgia election interference investigation. Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Georgia State University College of Law, has commented on the gravity of the situation, suggesting that Trump is in considerable legal danger.
The probe, led by Fulton County District Fani Willis, has been ongoing for over two years and is examining whether Trump and his allies unlawfully tried to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. The investigation has delved into various allegations, including intimidating election officials, conspiring with fake electors, and attempting illegal access to voting system data.
Despite being the leading contender for the 2024 GOP presidential primary, Trump has consistently denied any wrongdoing related to Willis’ investigation. He has labeled the probe a politically driven “witch hunt.”
There’s a possibility that Willis might use Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to prosecute Trump and his allies. This statute, typically used in organized crime cases, allows for the charging of multiple individuals for separate offenses that contribute to a shared objective. If convicted under RICO in Georgia, an individual must serve a minimum of five years in prison, with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Since Willis’ investigation is state-based and not federal, Trump wouldn’t be eligible for a presidential pardon if convicted. In Georgia, the power to pardon lies with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, a panel appointed by the state’s governor.
It remains uncertain who else might face charges alongside Trump. However, Kreis believes that there could be numerous defendants, including other prominent figures. Previously, Trump was indicted under Special Counsel Jack Smith’s January 6 investigation and pleaded not guilty to several charges. This indictment also implicated six unnamed co-conspirators, identifiable as Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Sidney Powell, Jeffrey Clark, Kenneth Chesebro, and Boris Epshteyn.
In a recent post on Truth Social, Trump reiterated his innocence regarding the Willis investigation and continued to make unfounded claims about the 2020 election being manipulated against him.