Georgia is a 'ripe area' for a new Trump criminal investigation by the DOJ: Dem senator
President Donald Trump. (AFP Photo/MANDEL NGAN)

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with host Chuck Todd, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) claimed the interim Senate report on Donald Trump's attempt to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election opened up even more questions about who was "pulling the strings" to keep Trump in office, before adding that the Department of Justice needs to take a hard look at what is being uncovered in Georgia.

Discussing a possible trade-off for a Trump appointee to be named the new attorney general -- and adding cryptically "follow the money" -- the Democratic committee chairman then turned to Georgia where state authorities are deep into investigating the former president.

"At the end of the report, there is some talk about criminal referrals. What would be criminal in this case?" host Todd asked.

"I don't want to get into criminal referrals, we're still in the interim level," the senator replied. "But I would point to just the geographic fact that much of what took place at the Department of Justice being focused on Georgia. Being focused on sending letters to the Georgia legislature saying that they could open up in special session and redo the election with a separate slate, and the extent to which that interconnects with the DA's investigation into Trump's personal efforts to threaten officials in Georgia on the same question is, I think, a very ripe area for at least Georgia's investigation and we'll see what the Department of Justice wants to do with it."

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