Concerns over security have risen after the former US president ignored prosecutors with obscene words at a political rally.
A prosecutor investigating whether Donald Trump violated the law by pressuring George W. Bush officials to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory has asked the FBI for help after the former president criticized prosecutors investigating him.
Georgia Fulton County Attorney Fanny Willis wrote a letter to the FBI’s Atlanta office Sunday asking for a risk assessment for the county court and government agencies. Willis asked the FBI to provide security resources “including intelligence and federal agents.”
Last year, Willis launched an investigation into any potential attempts to unduly influence the 2020 general elections in Georgia by Trump and his aides. A special grand jury will meet on May 2 to help with this investigation.
“My staff and I will not be influenced or intimidated by anyone as the investigation progresses,” Willis wrote.
The Georgia investigation is one of several ongoing investigations into the former president’s behavior. Authorities in the state of New York are investigating allegations of financial fraud in Trump’s real estate business. A commission of the US House of Representatives is investigating Trump’s actions in connection with the January 6, 2021 uprising by supporters of the former president in the US Capitol.
Security concerns escalated over the weekend after Trump staged a political rally in Texas against prosecutors examining his actions, calling them “evil, horrible people.”
If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do something wrong or illegal, I hope that in this country we will have the biggest protest we have ever had in Washington, DC, New York, Atlanta and elsewhere, because our country and our election is corrupt, “Trump said during a rally Saturday night near Houston, Texas.
Willis, an African-American woman, said her office had already taken steps to address security concerns in response to “communications we received from people dissatisfied with our commitment to our duties.” Willis said he was working with county officials on additional security measures.
Trump’s latest rhetoric was particularly disturbing, Willis wrote. Trump told a rally in Texas that if he returned to the White House, he would pardon the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol last year in an attempt to block Biden’s credentials.
“We must work together to protect the public and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to the one that occurred in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021,” Willis wrote in a letter to the FBI.
In court documents, Willis clarified that her investigation focused on a January 2, 2021 telephone conversation between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger, in which the former president called on Rafensperger to cancel Biden’s victory in the Georgian election.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Willis said that the scope of her investigation includes a phone call in November 2020 between US Senator Lindsey Graham and Rafensperger, the sudden resignation under pressure from Trump’s allies. 2021 and comments made during the legislative hearings in Georgia on the elections.
Trump said his call to Rafensperger was “perfect” and said nothing wrong. Senator Graham also denied any wrongdoing.