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Sat Jan 9, 2021, 01:41 PM

'Find the fraud': Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts

Source: Washington Post
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html?wpmk=1&wpisrc=al_news__alert-politics--alert-national&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&location=alert&pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.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.l92ula642bNQsnoL0Fl7X3k25r6-7P2687NETAbria4

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Amy Gardner
Jan. 9, 2021 at 12:20 p.m. EST
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President Trump urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to “find the fraud” in a lengthy December phone call, saying the official would be a “national hero,” according to an individual familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the conversation.
Trump placed the call to the investigations chief for the Georgia secretary of state’s office shortly before Christmas — while the individual was leading an inquiry into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County, in the suburbs of Atlanta, according to people familiar with the episode.

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Reply 'Find the fraud': Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts (Original post)
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Response to COL Mustard (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 01:41 PM

1. Kick

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html

‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction
By Amy Gardner
Jan. 9, 2021 at 11:20 a.m. CST

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had launched the inquiry following allegations that Cobb election officials had improperly accepted mail ballots with signatures that did not match those on file — claims that state officials ultimately concluded had no merit.

In an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, Raffensperger confirmed that Trump had placed the Dec. 23 call. He said he was not familiar with the specifics of what the president said in the conversation with his chief investigator, but said it was inappropriate for Trump to have tried to intervene in the case.

Legal experts said Trump’s call to the secretary of state may have broken state or federal laws that bar the solicitation of election fraud or prohibit participating in a conspiracy against people exercising their civil rights.

Trump’s earlier call to the chief investigator could also carry serious criminal implications, according to several former prosecutors, who said that the president may have violated laws against bribery or interfering with an ongoing probe.

“Oh my god, of course that’s obstruction — any way you cut it,” said Nick Akerman, a former federal prosecutor in New York and a onetime member of the Watergate prosecution team, responding to a description of Trump’s conversation with the investigator.

Akerman said he would be “shocked” if Trump didn’t commit a crime of obstruction under the Georgia statutes. He said the fact that the president took the time to identify the investigator, obtain a phone number and then call “shows that he’s trying to influence the outcome of what’s going on.”

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Response to COL Mustard (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 01:45 PM

2. While I appreciate the impact of recording the other call and releasing it publicly,

I remain puzzled why someone who’s trying to do things by the book would even take the call. When the White House staffer calls you, just say, “I’m sorry, it would be highly inappropriate for me to discuss anything with President Trump right now,” and then hang up.

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Response to COL Mustard (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 01:47 PM

3. Prima Facie Obstruction of Justice

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Response to COL Mustard (Original post)

Sat Jan 9, 2021, 02:15 PM

4. And to be clear, THE GUY FUCKING DID IT ...

Well, he failed to find the fraud of course, but this investigation DID HAPPEN.

https://www.ajc.com/politics/no-fraud-georgia-audit-confirms-authenticity-of-absentee-ballots/QF2PTOGHLNDLNDJEWBU56WEQHM

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