State Elections Board member requests investigation of President Trump’s phone call with Sec. Raffensperger

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger opens up about attacks on him and his family and...
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger opens up about attacks on him and his family and threats from Trump supporters.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:17 PM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WTOC) - Georgia Board of Elections member Matthew Mashburn has confirmed to WTOC that another board member, David Worley, has asked the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate a phone call from over the weekend between President Donald Trump and Secretary Brad Raffensperger.

A recording of the call revealed that President Trump pressed Raffensperger to “find” votes in the President’s favor.

“I commend the Secretary and Ryan Germany on the way they handled themselves on the call. The language of ‘margin plus one’ searching for illegal votes is the common language of an election contest. The language of ‘recalculating’ which is what the president said to find margin plus one to flip the results is definitely not,” said Mashburn in a statement regarding his reason for the request. “The facts that the Secretary and Ryan related on the phone of which I have personal knowledge were all correct. The president’s rendition, on the other hand, as to the matter of which I have personal knowledge, was replete with conspiracy theories, flat out inaccuracies and misstatements of fact.”

Mashburn says an investigator with the Secretary of State’s Office will now go through the case and present the elections board with a recommendation.

Another part of the letter requesting the investigation states, “Once we have received your investigative report, it will be the Board’s duty to determine whether probable cause exists to refer this matter to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis for criminal prosecution or civil remedies. Of course, Attorney General Carr or District Attorney Willis may choose to open their own investigations regardless of whether the Board takes any action.”

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