Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers recently met with prosecutors in Fulton County, Georgia, in connection with a voter fraud investigation involving the Republican leader.
The incident was first reported by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday evening, and she stated the discussion was about Trump’s phone calls to the governor and secretary of state, demanding that the 2020 election results be changed.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump said on the calls, which were recorded and provided to the press.
The president informed Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that this figure was “one more than we have,” and that the votes needed to be found because “we won.”
Maddow then linked the discussion between Trump’s lawyers and Fulton County prosecutors to a remark Trump made in December 2021 in which he railed against unnamed “prosecutors.”
“All the Democrats want to do is put people in jail. They are vicious, violent and Radical Left thugs,” Trump said in his statement. “They are destroying people’s lives, which is the only thing they are good at.”
“This seemed particularly unhinged even for him,” Maddow said.
In other news related to Georgia voter fraud…Republican David Perdue accepted unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud in Georgia’s 2020 presidential race by filing a lawsuit claiming to establish he and former President Donald Trump were robbed out of election victories only days after announcing his candidacy for governor.
Perdue’s lawsuit bolsters accusations made by the former senator this week since announcing a run for governor against incumbent Brian Kemp on Monday. Unlike Kemp, Perdue told Axios and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that if he had been a governor at the time, he would not have certified Georgia’s 2020 election results. The governor of Georgia is required by law to certify the results.
Kemp has been chastised by Trump on numerous occasions for failing to do enough to overturn the result. Trump supported Perdue on Monday, saying Kemp had been “extremely weak” on “election integrity” after encouraging him to run.
The suit might bolster Perdue’s efforts to rally Trump supporters who believe the election was rigged as he seeks to reclaim his Senate seat, claiming that unifying the Republican Party will help him defeat Kemp in the primary and then Democrat Stacey Abrams.
His claim that Georgia’s 2020 election was determined incorrectly isn’t new. He called on Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign while votes were still being counted in 2020, saying he “failed to deliver honest and transparent elections.” He also said that if he had been in the United States Senate on January 6, he would have voted against accepting Georgia’s electoral votes. But he didn’t file a lawsuit until the end of December.
“David Perdue is so concerned about election fraud that he waited a year to file a lawsuit that conveniently coincided with his disastrous campaign launch,” said Kemp spokesperson Cody Hall. “Keep in mind that lawsuit after lawsuit regarding the 2020 election was dismissed in part because Perdue declined to be listed as a plaintiff.”
In a state court action, Fulton County voter Elizabeth Grace Lennon and Perdue are requesting to inspect paper ballots and other ballot materials in Fulton County, claiming that this will establish the fraud. The complaint, however, does not seek to overturn the election results, which saw Democratic Vice President Joe Biden win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes.
“I want to use my position and legal standing to shine a light on what I know were serious violations of Georgia law in the Fulton absentee ballot tabulation,” Perdue said in a statement released by lawyers. “We are asking a judge to consider the evidence after our forensic examination of the absentee ballots is completed and hold those persons responsible who engaged in this wrongful conduct.”
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Perdue is “trying to curry favor with the Trump base by pushing election conspiracy theories” that he doesn’t actually believe.