BREAKING: Trump Had Second Call To Pressure Georgia Election Officials
Donald Trump had a second, previously unknown, telephone call with a Georgia election official in which he urged him to “find the fraud” in the investigation of alleged ballot fraud in Cobb County. That call could put Trump in legal jeopardy for attempting to obstruct justice during an ongoing investigation.
The Washington Post reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who himself was pressured by Trump to change the election results to favor the president, confirmed that the Dec. 23 call with his office’s chief investigator had taken place. Raffensperger had launched the inquiry following allegations that Cobb election officials had improperly accepted mail ballots with signatures that did not match those on file — claims that state officials ultimately concluded had no merit.
He told The Post that he was not familiar with the specifics of what the president said during the conversation, but said it was inappropriate for Trump to have tried to intervene in the case. That was an ongoing investigation,” Raffensperger said. “I don’t believe that an elected official should be involved in that process.”
Since the Nov. 3 election Trump has tried at least three times to get Georgia officials to change the vote total show that he won the states. That effort started in early December with a phone conversation with Gov. Brian Kemp, whom he berated after the governor certified the state’s election results. Then there was the hour-long recorded call in early January in which Trump told Raffensperger that he wanted him to recalculate the vote total to “find 11,780 votes.”
The Post is withholding the name of the investigator because of the risk of threats and harassment directed at election officials.