Top Georgia election official says White House pushed him to take Trump call

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  3 weeks ago  •  12 comments

By:   Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu, and Julia Harte (MSN)

Top Georgia election official says White House pushed him to take Trump call
Top Georgia election official says White House pushed him to take Trump call

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Top Georgia election official says White House pushed him to take Trump call

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Georgia's Republican top election official said on Monday the White House had pushed him against his better judgment to take a call from President Donald Trump in which he pressured the state to overturn his November presidential election defeat there.

In the call on Saturday, Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to overturn his election loss in the southern state, according to a recording published by U.S. media.

"I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president but he pushed out, I guess he had his staff push us. They wanted a call," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told ABC's "Good Morning America."

A state Democrat has called for a probe into whether Trump had violated Georgia election law on the call. Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions of electoral fraud in the hour-long conversation.

"We took the call, and we had a conversation. He did most of the talking, we did most of the listening," Raffensperger said.

"But I do want to make my points that the data that he has is just plain wrong. He had hundreds and hundreds of people he said that were dead that voted. We found two. That's an example of just his bad data."

Trump for two months has been claiming contrary to evidence that his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud. Multiple state and federal reviews, as well as courts, have rejected those claims as unsupported..

Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College by 306-232 and carried the popular vote by more than 7 million ballots.

The only Democrat on Georgia's election board, David Worley, asked Raffensperger to investigate whether the president had violated state law that prohibits solicitation to commit election fraud.

"To say that I am troubled by President Trump's attempt to manipulate the votes of Georgians would be an understatement," Worley wrote on Sunday in a letter to Raffensperger that was seen by Reuters.

Raffensperger said the district attorney in Fulton County, home to Atlanta, might be the appropriate authority to carry out such an investigation. The county's district attorney, Fani Willis, did not immediately return a request for comment.

In another blow to Trump, staunch conservative U.S. Senator Tom Cotton refused to sign on to a long-shot campaign by nearly a dozen other fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate this week to challenge Biden's victory, warning it was outside of Congress' power and would "establish unwise precedents."

In a statement on Sunday, Cotton said he would not join his colleagues Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and others in defying Republican Party leaders by objecting on Jan. 6 when lawmakers meet to tally the votes in the Electoral College - a largely symbolic act of certification.

Cotton noted that limited, symbolic role in his statement, saying any such refusal to carry out its duty "would take away the power to choose the president from the people, which would essentially end presidential elections and place that power in the hands of whichever party controls Congress."

Cotton, Cruz and Hawley are among those considered possible 2024 presidential candidates. Trump, who has not conceded defeat, has also floated the idea of running again in 2024.

Several moderate Republicans have also joined Democrats in criticizing Cruz, Hawley and others for undermining the of the voters and planning to object -- a move they say will not succeed in installing Trump but will erode confidence in U.S. democracy.

It was not immediately clear how the release of Trump's call with Raffensperger could impact the Republicans' objection plan.

"This call was not a helpful call," Republican U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, who is among those planning to object to the certification, told Fox News in an interview on Monday.

House of Representatives Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Trump's call in an interview with Fox News on Monday. "The president's always been concerned about the integrity of the election, and the president believes that there are things that happened in Georgia that he wants to see accountability for," McCarthy said.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly acknowledged Biden's win. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will oversee the Jan. 6 proceedings, has said the Republicans have the right to object.

Even if Republicans in the Senate were successful in their objections, the campaign would fail in the U.S. House, which is controlled by Democrats.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Doina Chiacu, and Julia Harte; Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell)


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

"I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president but he pushed out, I guess he had his staff push us. They wanted a call," Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told ABC's "Good Morning America."

Personally speaking, I'm glad Secretary Raffensperger decided not only to take the call, but record it.  The abuse of power was clear and unmistakable. 

If you haven't heard it yet, here is a link to Ender's seed which offers the recording and other details.  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    3 weeks ago
If you haven't heard it yet, here is a link to Ender's seed which offers the recording and other details. 

Another "perfect" phone call from Trump???

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    3 weeks ago
Another "perfect" phone call from Trump???

That's the first thing I thought.  The second thing I thought was, "Pack your bags, get the hell out, and take your entire freakin' family with you."  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.1    3 weeks ago
That's the first thing I thought.  The second thing I thought was, "Pack your bags, get the hell out, and take your entire freakin' family with you."

I have heard multiple people on the news channels demanding Trump resign immediately.  Not that it will do any good.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.1.3  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.2    3 weeks ago
have heard multiple people on the news channels demanding Trump resign immediately.  Not that it will do any good.

Yeah but it sounds really good, doesn't it?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.4  Ozzwald  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

Yeah but it sounds really good, doesn't it?

If Trump had been a Democrat, the Republicans would be heating the tar and plucking the feathers.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.2  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    3 weeks ago

trump dug that disastrous legal hole and then did a swan dive into it. what a fool.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.2.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  devangelical @1.2    3 weeks ago
trump dug that disastrous legal hole and then did a swan dive into it

Please tell me he kept his clothes on.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

If I remember correctly, at one point recently Trump seemed to allege that Raffensberger went along with rigging the election because his brother works for a Chinese company.  Never mind that Raffensberger doesnt have a brother.  Trump cannot present a motive for Raffensberger to want to rig the election. It's all a fantasy and a mystery an 8 year old would think was childish. 

 
 
 
Thomas
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2.1  Thomas  replied to  JohnRussell @2    3 weeks ago

and yet it goes on and on and on....

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Thomas @2.1    3 weeks ago

Sadly, it seems that Bunker Boy will try anything to stay in power, kind of like a Banana Republic dictator.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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2.1.2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Thomas @2.1    3 weeks ago
yet it goes on and on and on....

and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...  

 
 
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