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AG Garland Allegedly Failing to Aggressively Investigate Former President

WASHINGTON - eTradeWire -- Attorney General Merrick Garland is refusing to aggressively investigate former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the recent presidential election, and is instead relying upon Georgia to bring him to justice, charges House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.

More specifically Schiff reportedly fears Garland and his top aides are relying on Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis who has publicly confirmed her own investigation into the matter.

The Congressman pointed to a taped telephone conversation in which Trump tried to coerce Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state from Georgia, into fraudulently finding almost 12,000 nonexistent votes.  "Because I think if you or I did that, we'd be under indictment by now . . .  I don't think you could ignore the crimes," Schiff argued.

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Actually, Trump and his associates are facing two different criminal investigations in Georgia; one, described as especially "aggressive" involving death threats, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, whose criminal complaint months earlier triggered the ongoing criminal investigation by Willis in Georgia.

More recently the FBI has launched what it describes as a taskforce investigation, which is especially "aggressive" and "rigorous," concerning death threats against public officials.

For example, the head of the Fulton County Board of Elections was interviewed by FBI agents about death threats received by him, and by other members of his majority Black staff, which he described as "full of white supremacist language," including one which warned that he would be "served lead," notes Banzhaf.

The Guardian reports that "Trump is facing increasing legal scrutiny in the crucial battleground state of Georgia," and that "heat is now overlapping with investigations in Congress looking at the former president's efforts to subvert American democracy.."

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The Guardian further reports that veteran DoJ officials and prosecutors say the criminal inquiry triggered by Banzhaf's complaint "seems well grounded, with ample public evidence."

This assessment is consistent with a recent 107-page report by the Brookings Institution which concludes that Trump faces a "substantial risk of possible state charges predicated on multiple crimes."

Based upon an extensive examination of documents, the Brookings legal experts claim that "Trump engaged in a pattern of repeated personal communications aimed at altering the vote count and making himself the winner in Georgia. . . . Unless there are other presently unknown facts that would explain it, this conduct appears to satisfy the requirements of a number of Georgia criminal statutes."

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Source: Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
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