PRESIDENT Donald Trump plans to sue after his one-hour discussion with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State was leaked, a party official said.
Republican Party chair David Shafer said Trump plans to sue after the Washington Post revealed the audio of a phone call with Brad Raffensperger, WXIA-TV reported.
Donald Trump plans to sue after his one-hour discussion with Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State was leaked[/caption]
“President @realDonaldTrump has filed two lawsuits – federal and state – against @GaSecofState. The telephone conference call @GaSecofState secretly recorded was a ‘confidential settlement discussion’ of that litigation, which is still pending,” Shafer tweeted.
Both Georgia and Washington D.C. have one-party consent laws, meaning someone who is party to a conversation does not need consent from the other participant of a phone call to record them.
Shafer, however, claimed that the audio published by the Washington Post “omits the stipulation that all discussions were for the purpose of settling litigation and confidential under federal and state law.”
It remains unclear who recorded the audio and how it was provided to the outlet before its publication.
Trump is heard telling Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ‘find votes’ in the leaked call[/caption]
Calls for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to again impeach Trump have grown after the audio was revealed[/caption]
The lawsuits, though unlikely to go anywhere, put Trump further on the offense as the president has sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election just weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump and his supporters have filed many failed lawsuits which claimed without evidence that widespread voter fraud led to Biden’s election victory.
During the phone call, Trump is heard trying to flatter Raffensperger before then threatening him with vague criminal consequences if he refused to pursue his false claims that he won the election.
“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state,” Trump said in the call.
The Justice Department and election officials have repeatedly found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election.
Democrats and NeverTrump Republicans have started calls to again impeach Trump after the contentious phone call challenging the election results in Georgia was leaked.
The demands come just over a year after the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi, who today won reelection as House Speaker, approved articles of impeachment against the president in 2019.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a former prosecutor, ripped the phone call recording as “a bald-faced, bold abuse of power by the president of the United States,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, said he plans to introduce a resolution on Monday to formally “censure” Trump over the call,” he tweeted.
“.@realDonaldTrump’s call to the Ga. SOS was far from “perfect.” In fact, it is a violation of state and federal law. Tomorrow, I will introduce a resolution of Censure. Trump should resign NOW!” Johnson tweeted.
The phone call was published a day before Trump is set to take the stage in Georgia to campaign for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
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