Donald Trump Investigation Could Be Sidelined By Crime Spike, Report Says

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Tyler MacDonald

In a recent piece for Raw Story, Brett Bachman contends that Fulton County Districy Attorney Fani Willis' investigation into Donald Trump's alleged pressure campaign on Georgia officials to overturn the 2020 election could be sidelined by a spike in crime.

Bachman pointed to a report from Business Insider that claimed a backlog of over 12,000 workaday cases has surged in Willis' jurisdiction.

According to the report, the majority of this backlog comes from violent crime and coronavirus closures that were mandated by the court.

There Is Pressure To Focus Resources On Crime

Amid the spike in crime, Willis will likely face pressure to funnel resources into addressing this issue over the Trump investigation.

Michael Moore, a U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia during Barack Obama's presidency, spoke to Insider about the pressure that Willis likely faces from residents.

"So are you going to dump all your resources into this [Trump] case that may turn into nothing? Or are you going to do your job and represent the people who have voted you in?"

Willis Asked For More Funding

As reported by Raw Story, Willis sought additional funding for her office earlier this month — more than $7 million.

The outlet pointed to local reports that suggest the board and its chairman, Rob Pitts, might provide Willis with such additional funds.

Still, the Trump probe is unprecedented for a count district attorney, and it's unclear if additional funding will be sufficient to properly equip Willis' team with the tools it needs to tackle the investigation.

Clint Rucker, a former Fulton County assistant district attorney, noted that nothing remotely close to the Trump probe has ever come through the DA's office.

Trump Might Have Broken State Laws

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Willis' investigation examines whether Trump broke state laws in his effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia.

As The Inquisitr reported, the criminal probe was launched in February 2021.

According to a letter Willis sent to state officials, which can be read at NPR, Trump could have broken various state laws via "the solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election's administration."

Rudy Giuliani Could Also Face Charges

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was a part of his team that fought against the 2020 election results, could also be charged in relation to Willis' investigation.

As The Inquisitr reported, Willis and her team are examining whether the alleged false claims Giuliani made before state legislative committees were a violation of Georgia law that prohibits fictitious, false, or fraudulent statements made within the jurisdiction of any local government department or agency.

Reports suggest that Giuliani could face racketeering charges for his alleged crimes.