As a criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results ramps up, Donald Trump has christened the investigation a “witch hunt.” The investigation is centred around whether Trump’s phone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find” 11,780 votes to overturn the state’s results; constituted election meddling. Former President George W. Bush has expressed disdain for the investigation.
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As a special grand jury began listening to witness statements on Wednesday, June 1, Trump slammed Georgia prosecutors. According to The New York Post, the special grand jury could subpoena up to 50 people to testify in the criminal investigation. Raffensperger, Interim Assistant Secretary of State Gabe Sterling, as well as former Elections Director Chris Harvey have all been ordered to testify, according to sources.
Audio of the actual phone call- it’s not what you have been led to believe
What did Trump write on Truth Social about the investigation?
The investigation into the former president’s attempts to sway Georgia’s 2020 election has been dubbed a “witch hunt” by the former president.
“The youthful, aspirational, Radical Left Democrat ‘Prosecutor’ from Georgia, who’s really presiding over the most Crime-Ridden and Corrupt places in the USA, Fulton County, has assembled a Jury Trial to start investigating an utterly ‘perfect’ phone call to the Secretary of State,” Trump wrote on the social media platform Truth Social.
Violent crime in Fulton County is “almost at an all-time high,” says Trump
“Many lawyers on both sides were aware that the call was being made. I assumed it was also taped. They ended up going after me rather than the people who rigged and stole the election when I called to fight a rigged and stolen election. God bless the United States of America!” Trump went on to say that violent crime in Fulton County is “almost at an all-time high,” but Willis is wasting “massive amounts of time, power, as well as cash flowing after me for making a perfect phone call, rather than going after the criminals who are systematically destroying our Nation.”
“Even many news agencies had to issue a major retraction in the midst of this never-ending Witch Hunt!”
In an apparent reference to a correction issued by The Washington Post in March 2021, Trump said that if Georgia’s lead elections investigator, Frances Watson, could “discover the fraud” in the state’s 2020 election results, she could become a “national hero.” Instead, he told her that if she looked into the ballots, she would find “dishonesty” and she had “the most essential job in the country right now,” according to The Post’s correction.
Willis stated that her investigation was not limited to the Trump phone conversation. She was also going to look into the totally fake electors who attempted to declare Trump the winner of the state in 2020. “If someone takes part in submitting a report that they know is false, there are several issues that could have arisen,” Willis told The Times. “You’re not going to be able to do that.” The special grand jury will serve for no more than 12 months and will not be able to issue an indictment but will be able to issue subpoenas for evidence. The hearing process is expected to take several weeks.
A news journal posted an audiotape of the six-minute call last week, revealing that the President never told Watson to “find the fraud”
According to a news report, Trump told Georgia State department investigating officer Frances Watson in a phone call on Dec. 23, 2020, to audit message ballots in the state’s regions as he contested the presidential election results, according to an unnamed source. A news journal posted an audiotape of the six-minute call last week, revealing that the President never told Watson to “find the fraud” or that doing so would make him a “national hero.”
Instead, Trump directed the election investigator to double-check signatures on post ballots in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, the state capital.
What did Trump actually say in the phone call?
A long and complex clarification was added to the story on Monday, apologising for misquoting Trump’s remarks during the call. “Based on the information given by a source, the audio revealed that Post misreported Trump’s feedback on the call,” the news outlet explained. “Trump did not order the detective to ‘trace the fraud,’ nor did he promise her that if she did, she would have been a ‘national hero.'”
“Instead, the President urged the investigator to examine ballot papers in Fulton County, Georgia, where he claimed she would find ‘dishonesty.’ He also told her she had “the most essential position in the country right now,” according to the correction. Meanwhile, the News Agency has removed an article in which Trump was misquoted.