Trump’s Got A Massive Problem As Georgia Sec. Of State Brad Raffensperger To Publicly Appear Before 1/6 Committee

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Georgia Secretary of State  Brad Raffensperger won his primary, and now he has agreed to appear publicly before the 1/6 Committee.

CBS News reported:

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who former President Donald Trump asked to “find” 11,780 votes ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, will appear in one of the House committee’s upcoming public hearings later this month, a person familiar with the matter told CBS News. read more

Trump Endorses Primary Challenger of GA Secretary of State Who Refused to Swing Election for Him

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Former President Donald Trump endorsed Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.) earlier this morning; Hice is running against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused to swing the 2020 election results in his state in Trump’s favor.

“Jody has been a steadfast fighter for conservative Georgia values and is a staunch ally of the America First agenda,” Trump said in a statement. “Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity.”

Hice, meanwhile, has continued to support the baseless claim that the election was fraudulent.

“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our country, which is why I am excited to announce my campaign for Georgia Secretary of State. Together, we can renew integrity and secure our elections,” said Hice. read more

Georgia Prosecutors Have Opened a Criminal Investigation into Trump’s Phone Call Asking For Help “Finding” Votes

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Georgia prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a phone call former President Donald Trump made asking for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to help him “find” votes to overturn the results of the 2020 general election.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Georgia officials were considering opening an investigation. As PoliticusUSA reported at the time, “If the investigation finds that Trump broke the law by trying to pressure state officials to overturn the election, the former president could be referred to the state attorney general for prosecution. Normally, in a state dominated by Republican officials, it would be extremely unlikely that Trump would be prosecuted.”

Last month, the watchdog

group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a criminal complaint against Trump for making the call. read more

Trump Now Faces Criminal Complaint After Georgia Call

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Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a criminal complaint against President Donald Trump for his call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the results of the election in the state, which President-elect Joe Biden won decisively.

“President Trump’s conduct violates not only the law, but the foundation on which our democracy is built,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a press release. “This is some of the most egregious conduct we’ve ever seen from a US president, raising the question of whether this country is to continue as a democracy with our leaders chosen by the American people, or a dictatorship in which the leaders choose the election results they want.”

“This conduct is not only a gross abuse of power, but also represents clear violations of federal and state laws designed to protect our elections from unscrupulous interference,” Bookbinder added. “This needs to be investigated immediately.”

The full complaint is available to read HERE.

During his phone call with Raffensperger, Trump dismissed any and all arguments that he was wrong to declare the election fraudulent despite several recounts and an audit of the state’s election process that determined the election was free and fair.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.”

“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.” Raffensperger told him.

Later, Trump said, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

News of the call stoked further controversy ahead of January 6, the day Congress will certify President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 general election. Several Republican lawmakers, including Ted

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GA Secretary of State Raffensperger: “I Never Believed It Appropriate to Speak to the President”

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appeared on “Good Morning America” to discuss a phone call he had with President Donald Trump during which the president encouraged Raffensperger to help him swing the election in his favor.

“I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president,” Raffensperger said about Saturday’s call, noting that the White House had pushed for the call to take place despite his reservations. He added that due to Trump’s lawsuit disputing Georgia’s election results, “he “preferred not to talk to someone when we’re in litigation.”

“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 did want to make my points that the data that he has is just plain wrong.” read more

Trump Continues to Push False Election Claims After Georgia Tape

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President Donald Trump falsely asserted that the results of the 2020 election are fraudulent after a recording of a call he had in which he urged Georgia’s Secretary of State to help swing the election in his favor.

“How can you certify an election when the numbers being certified are verifiably WRONG,” the president wrote.

He then directed his message at Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton, who last night said he would not join a number of his colleagues in opposing the electoral vote count: You will see the real numbers tonight during my speech, but especially on JANUARY 6th. “Republicans have pluses & minuses, but one thing is sure, THEY NEVER FORGET!”

The president’s claim was flagged under Twitter‘s civic integrity policy, which tags outright falsehoods about the election on its platform.

How can you certify an election when the numbers being certified are verifiably WRONG. You will see the real numbers tonight during my speech, but especially on JANUARY 6th. @SenTomCotton Republicans have pluses & minuses, but one thing is sure, THEY NEVER FORGET! read more

Georgia Secretary of State Says Trump Threw Him “Under the Bus” for Defending The State’s Election

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger voted for President Donald Trump and says the president threw him and his family “under the bus” when he worked to defend the election amid the president’s false claims that the 2020 general election was fraudulent.

By all accounts, Georgia had a wildly successful and smooth election. We finally defeated voting lines and put behind us Fulton County’s now notorious reputation for disastrous elections,” Raffensperger wrote in a USA Today op-ed. “This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost. For those wondering, mine lost — my family voted for him, donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him.”

“Elections are the bedrock of our democracy. They need to be run fairly and, perhaps more important, impartially. That’s not partisan. That’s just American. Yet some don’t seem to see it that way,” he added.

Raffensperger went on to say that he has fought “repeatedly” to uphold election integrity in his state. Georgia recently certified its election results for President-elect Joe Biden after he and Democrats managed to successfully flip the state for the Democrats for the first time since 1992.

Georgia counties have initiated another recount after the Trump administration filed a request. State law allows candidates to request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5 percent. The recount began as of 9 a.m. Tuesday morning and must be completed by December 2.

President Trump has repeatedly insisted that the election was rife with fraud, a claim disputed by United States security agencies.  These facts have not stopped him from spreading false information about the election via his Twitter feed, particularly when that information concerns elections he lost in key swing states.

As recently as last week, the president claimed that a recount underway in the state of Georgia at the time––the results of which were confirmed for President-elect Biden on November 19––was “fake.”

The Georgia recount is a joke and is being done UNDER PROTEST,” the president wrote. “Even though thousands of fraudulent votes have been found, the real number is in matching signatures. Governor must open up the unconstitutional Consent Decree and call in the Legislature!”

The Georgia recount is a joke and is being done UNDER PROTEST. Even though thousands of fraudulent votes have been found, the real number is in matching signatures. Governor must open up the unconstitutional Consent Decree and call in the Legislature! read more

Opinion: What Trump Has Revealed About The Fragility And Strength Of U.S. Democracy

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While we can repeat over and over again that Joe Biden was elected president of the United States and will be sworn into this highest office in our land next January 20, for many Americans and even media pundits, it is difficult to say the verdict is in. Nervousness persists, and it is intensely palpable. Just watch the media tracing every little movement Trump and his lawyers make in this drama; and listen as the talking heads insist Biden’s inauguration is a foregone conclusion while within the same breath often posing the question, with a slight tone of worry, “Is there anything Trump can actually do to steal the election?” read more