Atlanta – Georgia’s secretary of state launched an investigation Monday into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state’s top election official, in which the then-president said he wanted to “find” enough votes to reverse his defeat there, said a official.
Walter Jones, spokesman for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.
“The Secretary of State investigates the complaints it receives. Investigations are administrative and fact finding. Any subsequent legal initiative will be left to the attorney general, ”Jones wrote.RELATED
Trump had refused to accept his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden and focused much of his attention on Georgia, a traditionally Republican state in which he narrowly lost. During the January 2 phone call, the then president repeatedly claimed that Raffensperger could modify the certified results, a claim that the secretary of state firmly rejected.
“All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have, “Trump said. “Because we won the state.”
The Secretary of State’s investigation stems from a complaint filed by John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University, according to the investigation file of the case.
In an emailed press release on January 4, Banzhaf said he had filed a complaint with the secretary of state requesting “that this matter be thoroughly investigated, and that action be taken to the extent appropriate.” The complaint hints that Trump may have committed one or more violations of Georgia law, including conspiracy to commit voter fraud, solicitation of election fraud, and intentional interference with the performance of electoral duties, the text notes.
Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser, said in a statement that there was “nothing improper or unseemly regarding a scheduled call between President Trump, Secretary Raffensperger and attorneys for both parties.”
The researchers will present their findings to the state board of elections, which will then decide how to proceed. If you think there is evidence that a crime was committed, you could take action, from sending a reprimand letter to referring the case to the Georgia Attorney General.