By now the whole country knows about the infamous phone call that Trump made to the SecState of Georgia (the state not the country) about the voting in the state.
In case you missed the news I have a short breakdown for my reader.
“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes.” That’s what President Trump said to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday in an “extraordinary” hour-long phone call, the Washington Post’s Amy Gardner reports. The Post has a recording of the call, during which the president alternates from flattery to threats of criminal liability in an attempt to get Raffensperger to pursue unfounded claims of voter fraud in Georgia, which Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden by 11,779 votes. “Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is the data you have is wrong,” an “exasperated” Raffensperger told Trump, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution, pushing back on “sham theories” that included ballot stuffing, ballot shredding, and tampering with voting machines. “There’s no way I lost Georgia,” Trump said, claiming to have won the state by “hundreds of thousands of votes.”
At one point, the president reminded Raffensperger, “you’re a Republican.” Trump also mentioned Tuesday’s Senate runoff in Georgia: “Because of what you’ve done to the president, a lot of people aren’t going out to vote, and a lot of Republicans are going to vote negative.” Fallout from the call spilled onto Twitter on Sunday with Trump tweeting that Raffensperger is “unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters,’ dead voters, and more. He has no clue!” Raffensperger’s tweeted response: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.” Legal experts tell the Post that the call put Trump in “legally questionable territory.” From a moral standpoint, law professor Edward B. Foley tells the paper, the call was “inappropriate and contemptible.”
This incident sounds a lot like the violation of our Constitution…..but that is just my thought.
There are a few thoughts about the the infamous phone call…..
When the Washington Post published its scoop on President Trump’s leaked phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state, the newspaper noted the POTUS may have been skating on thin ice, legally speaking, with his attempts to get Brad Raffensperger on board with overturning Joe Biden’s win in the state. A law professor said that while it could be hard to prove the president knew he was pushing behavior that’s actually illegal, it’s still clear that Trump “was already tripping the emergency meter. So we were at 12 on a scale of 1 to 10, and now we’re at 15.” In the wake of the Post‘s piece, there are a number of similar takes coming out. Politico, for example, talks to legal experts and lawmakers who say Trump’s requests “could violate federal and state statutes aimed at guarding against the solicitation of election fraud.” More on that and other news related to the call:
- Specifically, those experts say, the problematic parts of the call are Trump’s urging that Raffensperger “find” exactly the right number of votes to put him ahead of Biden in the state, plus his implication that Raffensperger and his aides might be criminally liable themselves because they didn’t report so-called election interference. (There is no evidence for such interference.)
- But the New York Times reports that while many of the lawyers it spoke to agreed Trump either broke the law or came close, actually prosecuting him would be challenging. One lawyer notes that Trump could point to the fact that he made no attempt to conceal what he was doing as evidence that he did not intend to break any laws, or did not realize there was a federal law that might have prohibited what he was doing.
- Some Democrats are saying the call could be criminal. Congressional Democrats are suggesting they will be probing any legal implications, with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin specifically calling for an investigation, the Hill reports.
- Even Republicans are speaking out, the AP reports, noting they are concerned Trump’s effort to “sow doubt” on the election is “undermining Americans’ faith in democracy.” More on that, including who is saying what, here.
- The leak came ahead of a big week politically: Georgia’s runoff, which will determine which party controls the Senate, is Tuesday, and Congress will certify the presidential election results Wednesday. At least a dozen incoming and current GOP senators, plus more than 100 GOP representatives, plan to challenge the certification.
- As for the runoff, Trump mentioned it in the call, suggesting Raffensperger’s failure to go along with his plan could result in the Republicans, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, losing. Trump is holding a rally in Georgia on Monday, and he told Raffensperger he would be complaining about the Georgia presidential election results at the event. On Sunday, he retweeted a call for Perdue and Loeffler to back the “do not certify” and “stop the steal” movement. CNN has a piece about how Trump’s Georgia antics are making things difficult for the senators as they fight to keep their seats.
Oh goody! Just what we need in this time of extreme division in the country.
Personally, I think this person, Trump, should be prosecuted for violation of the US Constitution…..of course he will not…..but to me that is a violation of the Constitution as well.
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