One day after a recording surfaced in which President Donald Trump was heard pressuring the Georgian Secretary of State to ‘find’ enough votes to give him victory over President-elect Joe Biden there, a senior government official. elections called this conversation “non-normal”.
“This is not normal, irrelevant, no one I know who is president would do something like that to a secretary of state,” the director of voting systems implementation told reporters on Monday. Georgia, Gabriel Sterling, a Republican.
Gabriel Sterling, Georgia Voting System Implementation Director: “Personally, I found it to be something that was not normal, out of place and no one I know who would be president would do something like that to a secretary of state. “
– CSPAN (@cspan) January 4, 2021
Sterling’s comments came after spending 25 minutes point-by-point debunking all of the claims Trump made on his Saturday. phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, says Trump argued he had “won very substantially in Georgia”.
Raffensperger, a Republican, responded to the president on the call, which was leaked to the Washington Post on Sunday, saying, “We don’t agree that you won,” and offered his own verification of the results. facts before being interrupted by Trump.
Sterling said he was forced to respond in detail to the President’s claims as he continued to hear from voters who believed “the vote had been stolen” and, on the eve of the two US Senate Second Round ElectionsHe wanted to get voters to vote whether or not they believe the president or the state fact check.
“This is absolutely important,” Sterling said of voters heading to the polls on Tuesday, whose votes will determine which party has a majority in the US Senate. “The reason I have to come here today is because there are people in positions of authority and respect who have said that their votes don’t count. And this is not true.
“We want to make sure people understand that their votes count. Every person, every voice counts, ”Sterling said.
Trump will campaign in Georgia on Monday night on behalf of Republican Senate candidates. However, some Republicans fear that the president is spending more time criticizing the state’s electoral system and that, combined with calls from some Trump supporters to boycott the election, Republican voters will stay at home.
Sterling’s efforts to change the minds of voters may be easier said than done.
Vice President Mike Pence campaigned in Milner, Georgia on Monday, and at one point during his remarks, several people in the crowd started chanting, “stop the theft” – a phrase Trump and his supporters have used as part of their efforts to overthrow the Election Results.
The fallout from the Trump call
A few Congressional Republicans reacted to the leaked recording, including Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who called it a “new low,” and Representative Liz Cheney, the third House Republican, who said it ‘was’ deeply disturbing.
Meanwhile, Democrats in Georgia and Washington are wasting no time addressing the legal ramifications of Trump’s conversation.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, called Trump’s call “disturbing” and said she “will apply the law without fear or favor” if her conversation is presumed to be a violation of the law.
New – Statement by New Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis on Trump / Raffensperger pic.twitter.com/9AWJQYc5yV
– Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) January 4, 2021
Raffensperger said in an interview with American television station ABC News on Monday that Willis’ office would be a “suitable place” for an investigation.
In addition, two US House Democrats have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “open an immediate criminal investigation” into the appeal.
Representatives Kathleen Rice and Ted Lieu argued in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray that “the evidence of Mr. Trump’s electoral fraud has now come to light.”
They allege that Trump violated federal election laws by asking Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” the exact amount plus one needed for Trump to win the state, and also suggesting “there is nothing wrong with saying , you know, uh, that you ‘I recalculated. “
The president, in a phone call with GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, appeared to be soliciting electoral fraud by asking him to “find 11,780 votes.” Our letter with @RepKathleenRice make a criminal reference to @FBI Director Wray opens an investigation: pic.twitter.com/9FZeVKN07Y
– Representative Ted Lieu ? (@RepTedLieu) January 4, 2021
For their part, the Democratic leaders in Congress do not immediately embark on the path of investigation.
Representative Hakeem Jeffries, who as caucus chair is the fifth Democratic House leader of the United States, said Monday he had not read the transcript of the call and insisted, “We are not watching step back, we look forward to the inauguration of Joe Biden. “