Georgia prosecutors have text messages linking Trump team to voting system breach, report says

Georgia prosecutors have reportedly obtained text messages linking a breach of voting machines to members of Donald Trump’s team. This comes as a grand jury prepares to hear evidence in a case surrounding the former president’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. The state investigation, which is separate from a federal probe and indictment charging Mr. Trump with three criminal conspiracies and obstruction of justice, appears to connect Trump-linked attorneys and operatives to a breach of voting machines in Coffee County.

During the search for evidence of fraud to undermine Joe Biden’s victory, a local elections official allegedly sent a “written invitation” to attorneys working for Trump. This information was obtained from text messages. Last year, a former Trump official told a House select committee that White House officials had discussed plans to access voting machines in Georgia during an Oval Office meeting in December 2020.

While much of the focus of the Georgia case has been on Trump’s call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes, investigators have also scrutinized the actions in Coffee County. Prosecutors argue that attempts to infiltrate sensitive voting machine software were a top-down effort from the former president. It is worth noting that Trump won the rural county with 70% of the vote.

One of the attorneys working with Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, Katherine Friess, shared the “invitation” to examine the county’s Dominion Voting Systems software before the breach occurred. Another attorney, Sidney Powell, had previously enlisted a forensics company to investigate Michigan machines.

Ms. Friess also sent an invitation letter to Coffee County to former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was working with Giuliani to support claims of voter fraud. Her texts reportedly show that she told operatives who ultimately performed the breach that they had written permission from Trump’s team. Data obtained from the Dominion Voting Systems software was uploaded to a password-protected website accessible to election deniers across the country.

Robert Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, denied Giuliani’s involvement, stating that the former mayor “had nothing to do with this.” The case led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is the result of a two-year investigation following Trump’s pressure campaign to reject the election results. Witnesses have been notified to appear before a grand jury, indicating that indictments may be issued soon. Willis has previously stated that a grand jury would vote on indictments by the end of August.

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