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Georgia Secretary of State says he will ‘gladly participate’ in investigation into Donald Trump

Brad Raffensperger, the Republican Secretary of State for Georgia said he would happily join an investigation into Trump’s request that he “find the votes.”

After the 2020 election, then-president Donald Trump called Raffensperger and the phone call was recorded. Trump was heard saying, “find the votes”, but later said that the recording to prove Raffensperger’s incompetence and not doing his job.

On Sunday, Raffensperger went on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, where he talked with host Chuck Todd (The Hill). They talked about Georgia’s Fulton County investigation into Trump’s actions after the 2020 election in trying to get the results overturned after the election was called.

“We’ve fully complied, sent all the documents that we had, and she actually talked to some of our staff members,” Raffensperger claimed, with “she” being a reference to Fani Willis, the District Attorney for Fulton County. “So if she wants to interview me, there’s a process for that, and I will gladly participate in that because I want to make sure that I follow the law, follow the Constitution, and when you get a grand jury summons, you respond to it.” 

In February, Fulton County opened a criminal investigation into Trump’s conduct during and after the 2020 election. This was just about a month after the hour-long phone call between Trump and Raffensperger, the transcript of which was posted by the Washington Post.

During the call, Trump told Raffensperger, ​​“find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have […] because we won the state.” The state’s finalized results had now-president Joe Biden as the winner, which Trump believed- and likely still believes- to be false.

During the interview over the weekend, Raffensperger revisited the phone call. He shared Trump’s claims that “ there were 10,000 dead people. There were less than five,” Raffensperger recalled. “He said there were 66,000 underage voters. There were zero. And so you run down every single rabbit trail, none of it ever was supported by the facts.”

He continued: “the numbers are the numbers. You can slice that, dice that, any way you want. But at the end of the day, President Trump came up 11,800 votes short.” In addition, he said, “I would never really not follow the Constitution, not follow the law”. He also shared that thousands of Republicans in Georgia left their choice for president blank.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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