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Trouble for Trump: GA Secretary of State Will ‘Gladly’ Participate in Probe of Illegal Interference

Trump likes to threaten without thinking of consequences.

In a statement that must be terrifying for former President Donald Trump, the Secretary of State in Georgia has indicated that he’s more than willing to testify in an investigation into Trump’s illegal phone call to him on January 2, 2021.

That call, you’ll remember, was when Trump insisted that Brad Raffensperger “find” 11,780 votes in a recount of the state results of the 2020 election. That number was exactly the margin that Joe Biden defeated Trump with in the state, plus one single vote to put Trump over the top instead.

Trump had clearly been told the math and knew exactly what he was asking the Republican election official: To fabricate enough votes to give him a win.

Raffensperger was the target of multiple threats against himself and his family after Trump’s contact with him. But to his eternal credit, he never backed down from his duty, valuing democracy over party loyalty.

In an interview with Meet The Press, Raffensperger told host Chuck Todd that his office had been in cooperation with the Fulton County District Attorney investigating the case, and would go further if necessary:

We’ve fully complied, sent all the documents that we had, and she actually talked to some of our staff members. So if she wants to interview me, there’s a process for that, and I will gladly participate in that because I want to make sure that I follow the law, follow the Constitution, and when you get a grand jury summons, you respond to it.

That’s quite a departure from what we’re used to seeing from Republicans, who gladly did whatever Trump asked, including ignoring subpoenas and sticking with obviously false narratives in order to cover for the ex-president.

For her part, Fulton County DA Fani Willis has assured her constituents that she fully intends to charge Trump with a crime if the facts back it up. And the likelihood of that is high, given that the phone call was recorded and Trump cannot simply deny the things he said.

This could turn out very badly for Donald Trump. Let’s hope it’s just the first in a litany of charges against him for crimes committed in an effort to steal the 2020 election.


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