Atlanta – The President Donald trump unsuccessfully lobbied the governor of Georgia on Friday to call a special legislative session to subvert the results of the presidential election in that state, while Trump’s obsession with his defeat overshadows his party’s campaign to rescue the majority in the Senate.
Trump and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp had a telephone conversation hours before the president was to appear in Valdosta, Georgia, where Republicans expected Trump to engage in imploring his supporters to vote in two second-round races on September 5. January.
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Hours before the event, Trump asked Kemp during their conversation to order the legislative session; the governor declined, according to a senior Georgia government official with knowledge of the call. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the private conversation. A person close to the White House who was briefed on the matter verified that response on the call.
According to a tweet from the governor, Trump also asked him to order an audit of the signatures on the ballot papers in the absence of the presidential race in his state, a measure that Kemp cannot carry out as he does not have the authority to interfere in the process. election on behalf of Trump.
As I told the President this morning, I’ve publicly called for a signature audit three times (11/20, 11/24, 12/3) to restore confidence in our election process and to ensure that only legal votes are counted in Georgia . #gapol https://t.co/xdXrhf1vI2
– Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) December 5, 2020
Trump vented his frustrations on Twitter after the call.
“Your people refuse to do what you asked,” he complained, as if speaking to Kemp. What are they hiding? At least immediately ask for a Special Session of the Legislature. That can be done easily and immediately ”.
Between Governor @DougDucey of Arizona and Governor @BrianKempGA of Georgia, the Democrat Party could not be happier. They fight harder against us than do the Radical Left Dems. If they were with us, we would have already won both Arizona and Georgia …
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 5, 2020