DONALD Trump allegedly pressured an election official in Georgia to “find the fraud,” as the White House forced a US attorney in the state to resign before the Senate runoff elections
The request, made during a December phone call, is the third example of Trump allegedly asking a high-level Georgia official to help dispute the results of the 2020 election.
Donald Trump allegedly told a Georgia election official to ‘find the fraud’Credit: AFP – Getty
Reports claim that White House officials pushed Georgia US Attorney Byung Pak to resignCredit: Georgia Governor’s Office
Trump lost the state to Joe Biden by nearly 12,000 votes.
During the December call, which a person familiar with the case described to the Washington Post on the condition of an anonymity, Trump apparently told the top official that they would be a “national hero” if they could find fraud.
The call to put the pressure on the investigator reportedly came before Trump’s January 2 call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
During that call, the president allegedly asked Raffensperger to “find” votes during an election audit.
Republican Kelly Loeffler lost in the runoff election on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock beat LoefflerCredit: EPA
Despite Trump’s repeated claims that the election was “stolen” from him, election officials across the country have said that they have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
There are also allegations that top White House officials pushed out Atlanta’s top federal prosecutor, Trump-appointed US attorney Byung Pak, before the Senate runoff elections held on Tuesday.
The Tuesday elections saw Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock beat Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, in a key win that gives Dems control of the Senate.
Democrat Jon Ossoff won in the Tuesday runoff electionCredit: AFP or licensors
Republican David Perdue lost to OssoffCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Pak was allegedly pushed to step down before the elections because he was not doing enough to support Trump’s baseless allegations that widespread voter fraud was committed during the presidential election, according to The Post.
Pak abruptly resigned on Monday, emailing colleagues to say he was leaving due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
The pressure on Pak was apparently part of Trump’s far-reaching plan to try to deny his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s repeated allegations of fraud and refusal to concede the election have led many of his supporters to follow suite, which cultivated in a riot at the Capitol building on Wednesday as Congress was set to certify the election.
During the riot, Trump supporters pushed and smashed their way into the Capitol building in an attack that led to five deaths and more than 50 arrests so far.
After Wednesday’s violence, Trump finally acknowledged that a new administration would be sworn in on January 20.