Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger breaks silence following Trump’s FOURTH indictment detailing their appeal in which the ex-president asked the state to void 2020 election results
- Trump’s appeal to Raffensperger is described in the indictment
- Raffensperger: “Most of the basic principles of a strong democracy are accountability and respect for the constitution and the rule of law. Either you have it or you don’t’
- He is in charge of elections in Georgia for the 2024 elections
Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger broke his silence on Donald Trump’s indictment in the state, saying the former president was not respecting the constitution.
“The most fundamental principles of a strong democracy are accountability and respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. Either you have it or you don’t,” Raffensperger said.
Trump and 18 others were indicted on Monday on 41 counts by an Atlanta grand jury in a massive racketeering case that accuses the former president and some of his allies of orchestrating a ‘criminal enterprise’ to reverse the results of the 2020 elections in Georgia.
The former president denied the charges and said next week he would release ‘compelling’ evidence of ‘voter fraud’ in Georgia, which should see all charges ‘dropped’ against him and his co-conspirators. This is his fourth indictment.
Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (pictured) said Donald Trump failed to uphold the constitution
Trump was indicted for the fourth time Monday in Georgia.
Republican Governor Brian Kemp pushed back on Trump’s statement that he would produce his own report on the 2020 election.
“Georgia’s 2020 election wasn’t stolen. For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud hasn’t shown up – under oath – and proven anything in court. Our elections in Georgia are safe, accessible and fair and will remain so as long as I serve as governor. Our country’s future hangs in the balance in 2024 and that must be our goal,’ he wrote on X, formerly known as twitter name.
One of the pieces of evidence in the indictment is an hour-long phone call Trump had in January 2021 with Raffensperger, who as secretary of state was in charge of Georgia’s election.
Georgian officials recorded the call and the content was leaked.
Raffensperger backed Georgia’s election results, which had been counted and confirmed three times before Trump’s call. Joe Biden won the state with 0.25% of the vote, becoming the first Democrat to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton.
Mark Meadows, then White House chief of staff, who is among those currently charged, arranged for Trump to call Raffensperger.
It was during the call that Trump asked the state’s top election official to “find 11,780 votes.”
“We won this election,” Trump told Raffensperger, a Republican.
Trump then raised a series of allegations.
“They are tearing up the ballots, in my opinion, based on what I have heard. And they take out machines and they move them as fast as they can, both of which are criminal finds,’ he said, according to a transcription of the call.
“And you can’t let it happen and you let it happen. You know, I mean, I inform you that you let it be. So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump said.
Donald Trump asked Raffensperger to ‘find’ votes – above President Trump at the White House with his chief of staff Mark Meadows
According to Georgia prosecutors, this constituted a “solicitation of breach of oath by a public officer.”
The conspirators engaged in a criminal offense by asking the official to be involved in “unlawful alteration, unlawful adjustment, and unlawful influence in any other way upon the certified results of the election,” the officials said. prosecutors.
Raffensperger also testified before the January 6 committee of Congress. Much of this collected material was used by Special Counsel Jack Smith in his federal indictment against Trump for election interference.
“Numbers are numbers,” Raffensperger said during the hearing, in response to allegations of voter fraud. “The numbers don’t lie.”
He was re-elected as Secretary of State in the 2022 elections and said his top priority was to ensure the people of Georgia get an accurate and fair election in 2024.