Donald Trump has put pressure on Georgia’s foreign secretary to reverse the victory of US President-elect Joe Biden in the state. Washington Post.
The conversation is mainly between Trump and Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Rafensberger, but was also attended by Trump allies Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff and lawyer Kleta Mitchell. Key points here:
1. Trump sought to change the outcome of the election
In the call, Trump pressed Rafensberger to “find 11,780 votes.”
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Trump said. “Also, you know you’ve recalculated.” Then he pleaded: “Then what are we going to do here? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes. Take a break. “
Joe Biden beat Georgia. Certificates of results have been issued and Congress will confirm Biden’s election college victory on Wednesday.
2. Trump tried to intimidate Rafensberger
Trump stressed: “I have no way of losing Georgia. There is no other way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes. He suggested that Rafensberger could face a criminal trial. “You know what they did, you didn’t report it,” Trump said. “You know, it’s a criminal offense. You know, you can’t let that happen. This is a big risk for you and Ryan [Germany], Your lawyer. That’s a big risk. ”
3. Trump put pressure on Georgia runs
Trump told Rafansberger that if he did not act by Tuesday, this week’s election would be detrimental to the chances of Georgia’s Republicans David Bertue and Kelly Lofler, which would determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate. Commenting on the run on the call, Trump said, “If you can straighten this out before the election, you will be respected and truly respected.”
4. Rafensberger continued to support Trump
Rafansberger, a Republican who pushed back against Trump and insisted that Biden’s victory in Georgia was justified. He responded to Trump by saying, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong.”
When Trump claimed that 5,000 votes had been cast in the state by the dead, Rafenzberger responded: “The actual number is two. Two. Two of the dead voted. “
5. Trump may have committed a crime
Carl Tobias, a law professor at Richmond University, said Trump could be in legal danger after Biden takes office. In an email to the Guardian, he wrote: “For example, if the judiciary or US lawyers believe that Trump has violated federal law, or if there are local attorneys in states such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin where Trump is involved, he believes Trump has violated state election laws by behaving similarly to state or local election officials. Federal or state attorneys can file lawsuits against Trump. ”
Richard H. Bildt, a professor of constitutional law at New York University, told the Washington Post: “The president is trying to get officials to know how to disrupt the integrity of the election or to deceive him into believing what he says.” Trump’s actions may have violated federal laws, he said.
Michael R. Bromwich, a former federal attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, wrote: “If there were no parts of the tape that somehow deny criminal intent, ‘I would like to find 11,780 votes’ and the threats against him would be in violation of 52 U.S. Code 20511. ”
6. Trump refused to back down
Trump on Sunday Tweeted: “I spoke with Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He did not want, or could not, to answer questions such as ‘votes under the ballot’ fraud, ballot destruction, state ‘out of the electorate’, dead voters and so on. He has no clue! ”
Twitter labeled the tweet with denial: “This allegation of election fraud is controversial” and Rafenzberger responded to Trump’s claims with a tweet: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you say is not true.”