As Georgia widens its investigation into Donald Trump’s actions in the closely fought election results in the state, Lindsey Graham’s November 13 call to Brad Raffensperger is also being considered.
On Wednesday Fulton County’s District Attorney Fani Willishad opened an investigation into Trump’s actions in the Peach State. The January 3 call made by Trump to Raffensperger would be in particular focus. This was the call where he asked the official to “find” votes for him.
On Friday The Washington Post reported that Lindsey Graham’s call was also being investigated. Raffensperger had been alarmed by the timing of the call as it had come from one of Trump’s most most loyal and committed allies.
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Raffensperger told the Post that Graham had asked him if he had the power, as an election official, to refuse to accept or consider mail ballots in certain counties. He said that it appeared as if Graham was asking him to find a way to set aside legally cast ballots.
Graham mentioned that Trump had not asked him to contact Raffensperger and he had called him on his own.
Kevin Bishop, Graham’s spokesman said that the suggestions about the call were “ridiculous” and the Senator had called to learn more about the signature verification process and had never asked the Secretary of Star to disqualify any ballots.
He also added that the timing was curious and called it a less than transparent effort to marginalize anyone who helped former President Trump.
On November 19, Georgia call the election in favor of Joe Biden. This was a huge and surprising victory for the Democrats as the state swung away from the right after a quarter of a century and the GOP and Trump were stunned by the result.
On January 2, Trump called Raffensperger, a Republican Secretary of State and asked him to find the votes that would prevent Joe Biden from entering the White House. The call was taped. It was leaked to the media and this lead to criminal investigations against the former president. Willis’ office will investigate both the calls to Raffensperger.