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Trump Aide Set Up Meeting Where Kanye Associate Pressured Poll Worker

Trump Aide Set Up Meeting Where Kanye Associate Pressured Poll Worker

A new report from Reuters reveals that a member of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign arranged and participated in a meeting at which a Georgia election worker says she was pressed by a Chicago publicist–who has been linked to Kanye West–to falsely admit voting fraud.

Harrison Floyd, executive director of Black Voices for Trump, says he recruited publicist Trevian Kutti to meet with Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman, then participated by phone in a meeting Kutti held with Freeman at a police station in Georgia’s Cobb County. Garrison Douglas, a Georgia staffer for Black Voices for Trump and a current employee of the RNC, says he also attended the meeting with Freeman.

 

Trump attacking Georgia GOP candidates
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The new revelation directly ties senior Trump campaign figures to efforts to get election workers to confess to bogus fraud charges and help overturn the results in Georgia.

In a phone interview with Reuters on Monday, Floyd said he was asked if he’d be willing to set up the meeting by a man he described as a chaplain with “connections” in federal law enforcement. He declined to name the clergyman or to detail what those connections involved. Floyd said the chaplain, who is white, wanted him to approach Freeman, who is Black, to discuss an immunity deal for her, out of a belief that she would not trust a white stranger. Floyd, Douglas, and Kutti are Black.

Beginning on December 3rd of last year, Trump and his allies falsely claimed that video of vote-counting at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena proved that Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, another Fulton County election worker, committed election fraud. They alleged the mother and daughter illegally tabulated mysterious ballots from a suitcase multiple times to create 18,000 fraudulent votes – enough to cause Trump to lose the Georgia election. State and county officials quickly disproved that allegation. The false claims sparked months of death threats and other harassment by Trump supporters toward Freeman and her daughter.

 

The district attorney in Fulton County, where Freeman worked on the ballot count, is now conducting a criminal investigation into Trump’s alleged interference in Georgia’s election. The district attorney, Fani Willis, has said the probe would examine a now-famous call in which Trump pressed Georgia officials to “find” him enough votes to overturn his loss in the state. On the call, Trump singled out Freeman by name 18 times, calling her a “professional vote scammer,” a “hustler” and a “known political operative” who “stuffed the ballot boxes.”

A former Justice Department official in Georgia confirmed that state and federal investigators concluded in December 2020 that there was no evidence Freeman committed fraud. As a result, the department never considered offering her immunity, said the official, who had direct knowledge of a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Trump’s Georgia election-fraud claims.

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