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Republican Georgia Secretary of State says he’ll “gladly participate’ in probe of Trump election pressure

Republican Georgia Secretary of State says he’ll “gladly participate’ in probe of Trump election pressure

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The Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said this morning he would “gladly participate” in any interview by the Fulton County district attorney investigating the efforts of Donald Trump to pressure him to “find 11,780 votes” and reverse the election victory of Joe Biden in the southern swing state.

In an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Raffensperger told host Chuck Todd that his office has already “fully complied” with the probe by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of Trump’s alleged interference in the state’s tallying of its votes and conduct of the 2020 presidential election.

“We’ve fully complied, sent all the documents that we had, and she actually talked to some of our staff members,” Raffensperger told the NBC host.

“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,” he dutifully declared.

The investigation by District Attorney Willis began back in February after the news of Trump’s desperate calls to Raffensperger on January 2nd asking him to do whatever it took to “find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have” to allow him to lay claim to Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes. Trump’s only reasoning was his deluded and false belief that he “won the state,” as he told the GOP Secretary of State, likely expecting his full cooperation.

Instead, Raffensperger pushed back against Trump’s pressure campaign, refusing to depart from the Georgia election statutes and eventually revealing the details of the then-president’s attempt to steal the election in the state publicly.

Unbeknownst to both Trump and Raffensperger, that call was recorded for posterity and the disgraced ex-president will be unable to deny the reality of his words.

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Meanwhile, Willis has said as recently as last month that her office still has “an active ongoing investigation,” into the allegations against Trump.

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“As far as a timeline — obviously the statute of limitations always gives you a four-year timeline — we’re going to do it until it’s done until I’m comfortable. Should the facts and the law match up to a charge, the community should feel confident this office should bring charges,” the Fulton County district attorney said.

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With a cooperating witness and a tape of the incriminating conversation, it’s unclear what else Willis needs to feel comfortable bringing charges against the ex-president that could result in a conviction rather than an embarrassing failed trial that could be a propaganda bonanza for Trump.

Hopefully, as more evidence and testimony are gathered, the indictment will be forthcoming soon.

You can watch Chuck Todd’s interview with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in this video excerpt from Meet the Press.

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Original reporting by Mychael Schnell at The Hill.

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