LOOK: The woman standing in the way of Trump's return to the presidency
The findings of the investigation came to light after excerpts from a report crafted in secret for months by a Georgia grand jury, which also produced recommendations that will remain sealed for now, pursuant to a judge's order, were released.
Here's what's known about the report that contradicts Donald Trump, who launched a new campaign for the White House in the 2024 election.
When was the case opened?
Fani Willis, the Fulton County prosecutor, which encompasses the large city of Atlanta, had opened an investigation following a phone call on January 2, 2021, in which Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “ you will find” ballot papers in your name.
"There is nothing wrong with saying that you decided on a new recount" of votes, said the former Republican president, according to a recording of the conversation made without his knowledge and made public by "The Washington Post." “All I want is to find 11,780 ballots,” he added.
That figure roughly matched the lead Biden, his Democratic rival and current president, held in the state of Georgia, confirmed by counts and audits.
What is being investigated and what did the grand jury conclude?
Beginning with Trump's call to Raffensperger, Willis expanded the scope of his investigations to include a range of pressures by Trump's allies in the state of Georgia, including threats against an election agent or a possible attempted intrusion into computer systems.
“We have unanimously determined that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 Georgia presidential election that could have resulted in the annulment of that election.”, reads the six pages of the report that were released.
The grand jury further believes that some of the witnesses who testified in the course of the investigation may have committed perjury.
In a process that has taken place in the most absolute secrecy, the grand jury has heard the testimony of 75 witnesses in recent months, including that of former Trump personal lawyer and former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, as well as Raffensperger.
In the United States, the figure of the grand jury is used for especially controversial issues and its mission is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to investigate a possible crime.
What is Trump's position?
Trump reacted to the jury's conclusion by denying any wrongdoing and speaking of himself in the third person: "The president engaged in two perfect phone calls about the integrity of the Georgia election, which he is entitled to do." The ex-governor cited a second call that is not under suspicion.
“Indeed, as head of state, it was President Trump's constitutional duty to ensure the security, safety, and integrity of the election.”, he expressed.
Since his loss to Biden, Trump has endorsed conspiracy theories about alleged voter fraud.
What can happen to the former president?
The special grand jury has no power to issue indictments. Instead, her report contains recommendations for Willis, who will ultimately decide whether to pursue one or more indictments from a regular grand jury.
Willis has had the full version of this report since December and will use its findings to decide whether or not to charge the Republican billionaire or some of his relatives.
Despite the partial release of the report, those parts where the grand jury may be making recommendations for criminal charges against Trump or anyone else who might have pressured Georgia politicians to overturn the charges remain under gag order. 2020 election results.
What other problems does Trump face on this issue?
The investigation is one of several that could have serious legal consequences for Donald Trump, especially as he seeks a return to the White House.
Trump is also the subject of federal justice investigations into possible electoral law violations, as well as his role in the assault on the Capitol and his handling of White House documents.