opinion The Jan. 6 hearings have turbocharged Trump’s Georgia investigation.

She is a local prosecutor who, while a Democrat, had no relationship with the former president until he allegedly committed crimes in her jurisdiction. And his 2015 prosecution of a fraud scandal involving Atlanta teachers, a traditionally Democratic group, burnishes his impartial prosecutorial credentials. Unlike federal prosecutorsthey are also unresponsive to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion on the powers of the presidency, which could complicate charging current or former presidents.

None of this is to say it won’t face extreme scrutiny. Now his every action will be scrutinized, as suggested by recent critical comments by a Georgia judge who heard Trump’s motion to recuse himself from the investigation. It was filed by a false elector (and many others later joined the movement), which ultimately seems to be based on Ethically justified campaign activity. Still, it should proceed with extra care going forward.

His prosecution job will not be easy. When you charge a president, you need more than the standard proof beyond a reasonable doubt. You need proof way to beyond a reasonable doubt. This is what the committee has helped to provide, to create a A mountain of additional evidence It must have taken her years to collect it – if she got it at all.

Take, for example, the testimony of former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other witnesses about Mr. Trump’s attempt to hijack the Justice Department — including a report by Jeffrey Clarke to state officials in states including Georgia. There was also an attempt to send a letter, which made a false claim. that the Justice Department has “identified significant concerns” that will affect the state’s election results.

Next is the fake elector scheme. Here again, the Committee came to the aid of Ms. Willis, obtaining testimony from her. Rona Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, and others describing Mr. Trump’s personal involvement in recruiting false voters in states like Georgia. The testimony directly linked Mr. Trump to the conspiracy alleged by Ms. Willis.

Any prosecution must consider intent, and the committee also obtained evidence of Mr. Trump’s state of mind that might not have been available otherwise. Testimony From an array of witnesses – notably those closest to Mr Trump, such as his former attorney general Bill Barr and former White House counsel. Pat Cipollone — Both showed that Mr. Trump had been told he had lost the election and that, after Dec. 14, when the Electoral College cast its vote, he was told there was no legal basis to continue his attack. There is no legal basis.