Think tank: Trump appeared to be at "high risk" of prosecution in Georgia.
According to a recent Brookings Institution assessment, former President Trump appears to be at "high risk" of criminal prosecution for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.
According to the think tank, Trump and his associates might face many election-related and other criminal charges in Fulton County's investigation based on publicly accessible evidence.
"I don't see how he doesn't get punished criminally along with others who were involved in both of those schemes," one of the report's authors, Norm Eisen, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
In May 2021, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis initiated an investigation into alleged electoral tampering, which has now pulled in some of the GOP's biggest personalities. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have both unsuccessfully resisted Willis' subpoenas.
According to the Brookings report, Trump and his associates, including attorney Rudy Giuliani and a phony slate of 16 GOP electors, could face charges of solicitation to commit election fraud, intentional interference with the performance of election duties, interference with primaries and elections, and conspiracy to commit election fraud.
According to the article, the former president and others might face charges for making false statements, false swearing, manipulating witnesses, forgery, solicitation of other crimes, and racketeering.
In its study, Brookings praised the House Jan. 6 committee for providing actual evidence and public testimony during its summer hearings, which corroborated previously reported details and disclosed new information regarding probable Georgia law infractions.
While the Brookings paper explored many potential Trump defenses, it concluded that they would be "meritless."
"When you have behavior like this, there is no protection for it," Eisen told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The news comes as Trump is likely to announce his presidential bid for 2024 on Tuesday evening.