The interaction between the president and Georgia’s state secretary reveals the willingness of Trump to cling to power
In an audiotape acquired by The Washington Post, Donald Trump forced Georgia’s secretary of state to overthrow the U.S. The victory of President-elect Joe Biden in that state.
The talk is mostly between Trump and Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, but Trump allies such as White House Staff Chief Mark Meadows and Attorney Cleta Mitchell were also present, as was Ryan Germany, the general counsel of Raffensperger. The primary points are here:
1. Trump threatened to change the outcome of the referendum.
Trump encouraged Raffensperger in the phone call to “find 11,780 votes.”
Trump said, “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that they’ve recalculated.” He later begged, “So what are we going to do here, folks? I just need 11,000 votes. Folks, I need 11,000 votes. Give me a chance.”
Georgia was won by Joe Biden. The result has been certified and the win of Biden in the Electoral College will be ratified on Wednesday by Congress.
2. Trump was attempting to bully Raffensperger
Trump insisted, “There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.” He went on to say that criminal charges could be brought against Raffensperger. Trump said, “You know what they did, and you’re not reporting it,” “That’s a criminal offense, you know.
And you know, you can’t let that happen. For you, and for your lawyer, Ryan [Germany], that’s a big risk. That’s a big risk.
3. Trump exerted pressure on the runoff of Georgia’s election
Trump told Raffensperger that this week’s Georgia runoff election, which will determine whether Democrats or Republicans rule the Senate, will hurt the chances of Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler if he didn’t act by Tuesday.
Trump said in the phone call, referring to the runoff elections, “They would be respected, really respected, if this can be resolved before the election.”
Raffensperger kept opposing Trump
Raffensperger is a Republican who stood up to Trump and said it was fair for Biden to win in Georgia.
He said, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.” in response to Trump.
When Trump reported that dead people cast over 5,000 ballots in the state, Raffensperger answered, “The actual number was two. Two. Two people who were dead and voted.”
5. A crime could have been committed by Trump
University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said that “could be in legal jeopardy now that Biden is in the loop.”
He wrote in an email to the Guardian: “For example, if the Justice Department or U.S. attorneys believe Trump has violated federal laws, or if local prosecutors in states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump may have engaged in similar behavior toward state or local election officials, believe Trump has violated state election laws, the federal or state prosecutors could file suit against Trump.”
“Richard H. Pildes, a New York University professor of constitutional law, told The Washington Post, “The president is either intentionally attempting to force state officials to corrupt the legitimacy of the election, or he is so deluded that he believes what he’s doing.” He said the actions of Trump may have violated federal laws.
A former federal prosecutor in the United States, Michael R. Bromwich. “The New York Southern District Attorney’s Office wrote, “Unless parts of the tape somehow contradict criminal intent,’ I just want to find 11,780 votes,’ and his threats against Raffensperger and his lawyer breach 52 U.S.
6, Trump was refusing to sit down,
“I spoke with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling or unable to answer questions such as the ‘ballot under the table’ fraud, destruction of ballots, ‘voters’ out of state, dead voters and more. He has no clue!”I spoke about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He was unwilling or unable to answer questions such as ‘ballot under the table’ fraud, ballot destruction,’ voters’ out of state, dead voters and more. He has no clue!
“This claim about voter fraud is disputed,”This claim about voter fraud is contested,”With all due respect, President Trump: what you’re saying isn’t true.”President Trump: What you’re saying is not true, with all due respect.