The Washington Citizens Monitoring Group for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) has filed a criminal complaint against President Donald Trump for pressuring Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger to win the state election results, which were decisively won by President-elect Joe Biden. to discard.
"President Trump's behavior is not only against the law, but also against the foundation on which our democracy is built," said Noah Bookbinder, CREW's executive director, in a press release. “This is one of the most egregious behaviors we have ever seen a US president, and it begs the question of whether this country should continue as a democracy with our people-elected leaders, or as a dictatorship where the leaders vote Election results they want. "
"This behavior is not only a gross abuse of power, it is also a clear violation of federal and state laws designed to protect our elections from unscrupulous interference," added Bookbinder. "This needs to be investigated immediately."
You can find the full complaint HERE.
During his phone conversation with Raffensperger, Trump dismissed all arguments that he was wrong in fraudulently declaring the election to be fraudulent despite multiple recounts and an examination of the state electoral process that found the election was free and fair.
"The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry," he said. "And there's nothing wrong with saying that you recalculated."
"Well, Mr. President, the challenge you have is that the data you have is wrong." Raffensperger told him.
Trump later said, "So look. I just want to do that. I just want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state. "
News of the appeal sparked further controversy before January 6th. The day Congress will confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the 2020 general election winner. Several Republican lawmakers, including Ted Cruz from Texas and Josh Hawley from Missouri, have vowed to oppose certification despite lacking the support to reverse the election results for good.
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.