Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may launch an investigation into his phone call with President Trump, during which the president pressured him to find additional votes to change the election outcome.
Raffensperger made the admission in a Monday morning interview on Good Morning America, a day after the Washington Post published the audio of the phone call. During the call, Trump urged Raffensperger to find more than 11,000 votes for the president.
Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos asked him if he planned to open an investigation, to which Raffensperger said, “I believe that because I had a conversation with the president — also, he had a conversation with our chief investigator after we did the signature match audit of Cobb County last week — there may be a conflict of interest.”
He added: ”I understand that the Fulton County district attorney wants to look at it. Maybe that’s the appropriate venue for it to go.”
In a statement responding to the phone call, Willis said that if Raffensperger’s Election Division refers the case to her office, she will look into it, according to NBC.
“Like many Americans, I have found the news reports about the President’s telephone call with the Georgia Secretary of State disturbing,” she said. “It is my understanding from news reports that a member of the State Election Board has requested that the Secretary’s Election Division investigate the call, after which the Board can refer the case to my office and the state Attorney General. As I promised Fulton County voters last year, as District Attorney, I will enforce the law without fear or favor. Anyone who commits a felony violation of Georgia law in my jurisdiction will be held accountable. Once the investigation is complete, this matter, like all matters, will be handled by our office based on facts and law.”
In the phone call, which the White House has not disputed, Trump urged Raffensperger to reexamine the election with people who “want to find answers,” adding that Ryan Germany, a general counsel in the secretary of state’s office, could face prosecution if they don’t do what he demanded.
“You should want to have an accurate election. And you’re a Republican,” Trump said. “You know what they did, and you’re not reporting it. That’s a criminal offense, and you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk.”
Raffensperger noted that this was the first time the two had spoken, even though the White House reportedly tried reaching out to his office on more than a dozen occasions since Election Day, according to the New York Times.
“I never believed it was appropriate to speak to the president, but he pushed out. I guess he had his staff push us. They wanted a call. The challenge that we have — first of all, we’re in a litigation mode with the president’s team against the state of Georgia,” he said. “Whenever you say anything, then you do have to have your advisers there. They had to have their advisers there, with lawyers. And so I just preferred not to talk to someone when we’re in litigation. We let the lawyers handle it. But we took the call, and we had a conversation.”
President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
Author: Mike Brest
Source Washington Examiner: Brad Raffensperger says district attorney wants to investigate Trump call about Georgia election