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Atlanta-area prosecutors examining the former president’s attempts donald trump to cancel the 2020 election in Georgia reported Tuesday that the 16 “fake voters” who participated in a scheme to subvert the Electoral College are now the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, according to CNN.
Court documents filed Tuesday night reveal that the Fulton County District Attorney, Fany Willis, informed the 16 people who signed an “unofficial electoral certificate” that was eventually sent to the National Archives in late 2020 that they may be charged in the investigation.
The significant development in this court case indicates that prosecutors are closing in on potential criminal charges against those involved in the effort to subvert the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
It also suggests that the investigation may be getting closer to Donald Trump himself, as it comes on the heels of subpoenas being issued to several members of the former president’s legal team who were involved in overseeing the effort to overturn election results in Georgia and other key states.
“Each of the sixteen people who signed the unofficial Voter Certificate that was eventually submitted to the National Archives received a similar letter alerting that person that their testimony was required by the special purpose grand jury and that it was subject of the investigation,” prosecutors said Tuesday.
Court documents filed early Tuesday revealed that 11 of the 16 phony Republican voters received letters notifying them that they were the subject of the investigation, and not merely witnesses.
Willis’ office informed the attorneys for those fake voters that the change in status from witness to target was the result of “new evidence” that came to light over the course of the investigation.
The role of Donald Trump’s election campaign in creating fake election documents as a way to impersonate Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia has come under increasing scrutiny from Georgia prosecutors and the Justice Department in the last months.
It was previously reported that Trump campaign officials oversaw efforts to feature illegitimate voters in seven swing states Trump lost.
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection has linked that effort to Trump’s “seven-part plan” to nullify the election that culminated in the attack on the US Capitol.
That plan, according to the committee, included the false voters, a pressure campaign on then-Vice President Mike Pence to stop counting electoral votes and the assembly of a violent mob that Trump ordered marching on Capitol Hill.
The office of prosecutor Fani Willis appeared to be trying to determine whether pro-Trump voters in Georgia were aware that their actions may have been one component of a larger and potentially illegal plot to put pressure on election officials and nullify Biden’s victory, a source told CNN.
Georgia remains a central focus for state and federal investigators of the entire process that culminated in the storming of the Capitol.
The Atlanta-area investigation was launched after Trump’s infamous phone call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes needed to tilt the state toward him was revealed.
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