Over the past few weeks, speculation has run rampant about the Department of Justice's attention on former President Donald Trump.
But Trump is facing danger from multiple directions, and there's one that's being overlooked that may pose the greatest threat to the business mogul yet: Georgia.
What Trump did in Georgia and how far he strayed from legality to try to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia is a question a state prosecutor is zeroing in on the answer for.
Georgia Prosecutor is Trump's Most Urgent Danger
Attorney General Merrick Garland has been carefully sticking to the basics in public recently.
AP News writes, "Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters Wednesday that 'we do not do our investigations in public.' But he left no doubt about the scope of the probe, calling it 'the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into.'”
Garland also assured the public that "no one is above the law."
But the greatest threat breathing down the former President's neck could actually be coming from the friendly purple state of Georgia, where Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis is methodically laying out a case involving Trump.
By now almost everyone knows about the infamous calls Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp trying to urge them to "find votes" and claim irregularities glaring enough to let Congressional Republicans find a wedge.
But what Willis is doing is lying out inch by inch exactly how much Trump knew, who he talked to, what actions he tried to take - and whether or not they were illegal.
Per AP News, "Willis has said she is contemplating subpoenaing Trump for his testimony, a move that would seek to force him to cooperate with a criminal probe even as he lays the groundwork for another run for office.
Prosecutors have already sought the testimony of several Trump associates, including lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. They’ve also advised 16 Georgia Republicans that they are at risk of being indicted. Those Republicans signed a certificate asserting Trump had won the election and declaring themselves the state’s 'duly elected and qualified' electors, even though Biden had won the state and a slate of Democratic electors had been certified.
The investigation’s scope includes a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During that call, Trump urged Raffensperger to 'find' enough votes to overturn his loss in the state.
'All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,' Trump said during that call. 'Because we won the state.'”
Trump denies wrongdoing, calling the calls he placed, "perfect."
Willis has sent target letters to at least 16 "fake electors" who met to cast votes for Trump in Georgia during the 2020 election cycle despite him losing the state and in the face of the duly appointed electors.
Generally those target letters signal intent to charge someone with a crime and encourage the recipients to "flip" and spill the beans on what they know to avoid personal heat.
They are a sign that Willis is moving quickly towards charges - whether or not they'll be against Trump himself remains to be seen.
Returning to Washington for the First Time
Meanwhile this week, Trump is returning to Washington for the first time since he left in the wake of the infamous events of January 6.
But his triumphant return has been somewhat muted by the efforts of former allies, such as former Vice President Mike Pence.
And Garland also blunted the joy of his return to Washington by releasing a statement signaling intent to hold everyone accountable for January 6.
NBC News reports, "'We will hold accountable anyone who was criminally responsible for attempting to interfere with the transfer, legitimate, lawful transfer of power from one administration to the next,' Garland said.
Then, just hours later, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is indeed investigating Trump’s actions in a criminal probe focused on the efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
'Prosecutors who are questioning witnesses before a grand jury — including two top aides to Vice President Mike Pence — have asked in recent days about conversations with Trump, his lawyers, and others in his inner circle who sought to substitute Trump allies for certified electors from some states Joe Biden won,' per the Post."
While experts say it's not accurate to say that the DOJ has opened a criminal investigation into Trump yet, they are officially investigating his actions as part of their probe.
All in all, it was a bad day for the former President, who predictably took to Truth Social to blast his enemies, writing, "The Georgia phone calls were PERFECT. Many people and lawyers, on both sides, were knowingly on the one call, I assumed the call was taped, there were Zero complaints or angry “how dare you” charges made during the call, and no “hang ups” by anyone aggrieved or insulted at what was said. THEY WERE PERFECT CALLS. I was just doing my job as President, and seeking Fairness and the Truth. The Election was Rigged and Stolen!"