Trump to Georgia Official: Steal Me an Election

Trump to Georgia Official: Steal Me an Election

Mere days before he’s evicted from the Executive Mansion, lame-duck President Donald Trump can’t resist another chance to break the law, trying to turn the land of his birth into a banana republic. In an hour-long phone call, aided by Mark Meadows and other co-conspirators, he tried to wheedle, cajole, pressure, and threaten Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, into “finding” him 11,780 votes and overturning his defeat in the state’s November’s election, even though Georgia’s returns have been reviewed three times and certified by the state’s electors.

But even if Mr. Trump got Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, Joe Biden would still have won the U.S. presidential election by 40 electoral votes, so you’ve got to wonder: in what other states has Donald Trump been illegally leaning on election officials?

Mr. Trump has threatened to sue Brad Raffensperger for making recordings of the phone call public, but his recording of the conversation is legal under Georgia State Law.

Here are some of the Trump-Raffensperger phone call low-lights:

[Full transcipt here]

More:

“‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor,” Amy Gardner, Washington Post

“Trump Tells Georgia Official to Steal Election in Recorded Call,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump’s phone call to Brad Raffensperger: six key points,” Helen Sullivan, The Guardian

“Carl Bernstein: This is the ultimate smoking gun tape,” CNN

“Trump Call to Georgia Official Might Violate State and Federal Law,”Eric Lipton, New York Times

“Trump’s pressure on Georgia election officials raises legal questions,” Allie Bice, Kyle Cheney, Anita Kumar, and Zach Montellaro, Politico

“It’s impeachable. It’s likely illegal. It’s a coup.” Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

Updates:

“Did Trump break the law in his call to Georgia’s secretary of state? Some lawyers say yes.” Teo Armus, Washington Post

“AP Fact Check: Trump’s made-up claims of fake Georgia votes,” Hope Yen, Jeff Amy, and Michael Balsano, Associated Press

“Trump Tried to Call Raffensperger 18 Times Before Saturday’s Chat, Says Report,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

“Raffensperger: Trump could face investigation over election call,” Quint Forgey, Politico

“4 criminal laws that Trump may have violated in his Georgia election call,” Ian Millhiser, Vox

“Fox Panelist Gets Laughed at for Defending Trump’s Phone Call to Raffensperger,” Arya Hodjat, Daily Beast

Related:

“President Trump’s use of the authoritarian playbook will have lasting consequences,” Lena Surzhko Harned and Luis Jimenez, The Conversation

 

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One Response to “Trump to Georgia Official: Steal Me an Election”

  1. danielwalldammit Says:

    It really does seem like a basic mobster shake-down. Give us what we want or something bad might happen to you.

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