Georgia's Raffensperger leaked 'smoking gun' following Trump statement that he had 'no clue'

2021-01-05 20:17:17
Georgia's Raffensperger leaked 'smoking gun' following Trump statement that he had 'no clue'

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has recently leaked the "smoking gun" tape following US President Donald Trump’s statement that he had "no clue".

Raffensperger revealed on Monday that he leaked the tape when Trump attacked the Republican state official on the phone, claiming he had zero clue regarding the election fraud in Georgia.

He remarked that he had recorded the tape, but he decided to leak it only after Donald Trump disclosed the existence of the call, and harshly attacked him on Twitter.

The tape disclosed Trump pressuring Raffensperger, begging, even threatening and flattering him while pleading with him to "find 11,780" votes in favor of him in the state to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's decisive victory which he won by less than 12,000 votes in that state.

"I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia," Trump said in a tweet on Sunday. "He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the 'ballots under table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state 'voters', dead voters, and more. He has no clue!"

Trump's tweet referred to some of the allegations and a number of conspiracy theories he had raised in the call with Raffensperger, pressuring the Georgian authority to turn votes in his favor.

Raffensperger and his team of lawyers had repeatedly resisted or sought to counter Trump's pressure in the 60-minute-long phone conversation.

'Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out,' Raffensperger responded to Trump's tweet later on Sunday from his own official account.

At the same time, Georgia voters are heading to the polls this Tuesday to cast ballots in pivotal runoff elections that will pretty much determine the balance of power in the US Senate.

According to Raffensperger’s office, over 3 million Georgia residents have already cast ballots in the two races in the early voting period that began December 14.

David Perdue, one of the two sitting senators in a battle for survival announced Raffensperger’s tape would not have an effect on the vote.

Nevertheless, he considered Raffensperger’s move as "disgusting" in an interview with Fox News.

before this Perdue had called on Raffensperger to resign from his job for failing to garner votes for former president Donald Trump, creating a grudging feud between the two Georgian Republicans.

Donald Trump himself went to Georgia on Monday for a rally that Republicans believe he may use to vent grievances rather than get out the vote required for Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for Republicans to retain their majority in Senate.

Biden, also, has gone to Georgia where he intends to campaign with Democratic candidates Senate, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.

Earlier, Trump had promised to take revenge on any Republican politician who did not show all-out backing for his campaign, saying "Republicans NEVER FORGET."

Nevertheless, investigative journalist Carl Bernstein told Republicans that Trump’s recorded call with Raffensperger was a "smoking gun", referring to leaked tape as a scandal "worse than Watergate."

The famous journalist also advised Republicans to distance themselves from Donald Trump and his loyalists if they really wanted to salvage any decency left for the conservative American political party.

Bernstein stated that the GOP's failure to decry Trump's statements during the call could cause 'the end of the Republican Party as a constructive, decent force in our politics in this country."

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