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ATLANTA—The top prosecutor for Georgia’s most populous county said an investigation was under way into attempts to influence the 2020 election in Georgia in a sign that former President Donald Trump and his supporters are under scrutiny for their push to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

In a letter Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, wrote a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, ordering him to preserve records.

The move appears to mark the early stages of a criminal investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his supporters to overturn the results of the 2020 election here, which found President Biden carrying the state by a narrow margin. Mr. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state since 1992; the loss was confirmed by two statewide recounts and a partial forensic audit.

A spokesman for Ms. Willis didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for Mr. Trump’s office also didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

In her letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Willis stated her investigation “includes, but is not limited to, potential violations of Georgia law prohibiting solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.”