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Two House Democrats urged FBI Director Christopher Wray to launch a criminal investigation into President Trump after an audio recording of his call with Georgia’s secretary of state was released. In the phone call, the president pressured Brad Raffensperger to “find” more than 11,000 additional votes so he’d have more than President-elect Joe Biden in the state.
“As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes,” Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York wrote in a letter to Wray on Monday, first reported by NBC News. “We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”
The article goes on to state the following:
The Democrats laid out three laws they believe the president may have violated: That “A person, including an election official, who in any election for Federal office … knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process…,” secondly, “No person acting under color of law shall … willfully fail or refuse to tabulate count and report such person’s vote,” and finally, “A person commits the offense of criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the first degree when, with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony under this article, he or she solicits, request, commands, importunes, or otherwise attempts to cause the other person to engage in such conduct.”
In the call, first reported by The Washington Post, Trump asks Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” in the Peach State. Raffensperger, who repeatedly attempts to debunk the president’s claims of widespread election fraud in Georgia, refuses the request and questions his sources of information.
As former prosecutors, @RepKathleenRice and I believe @realDonaldTrump committed multiple crimes during the phone call in which he threatened GA SoS Raffensperger to “find 11,780” votes or to “recalculate.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 4, 2021
Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin also called for a criminal probe of the conversation yesterday.
“His disgraceful effort to intimidate an elected official into deliberately changing and misrepresenting the legally confirmed vote totals in his state strikes at the heart of our democracy and merits nothing less than a criminal investigation,” Durbin said.
They believe Trump “engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 4, 2021
A pair of House Democrats are asking FBI Director Wray to open a criminal investigation into President Trump after a leaked phone call showed him pleading with Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn his state’s election. https://t.co/g6xIkqM5Wu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 4, 2021
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