Two House Democrats have asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to investigate outgoing President Donald Trump’s phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
In the call, Trump both berated and begged Raffensperger to change Georgia election results to give Trump the win in the state. The call was originally leaked to The Washington Post this weekend and Trump admitted making the call.
Now, Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) have called on Wray to investigate the call, which could have legal implications.
“As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes,” they wrote to Wray. “We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”
Trump also repeated his set of unfounded and debunked election claims. Raffensperger, to his credit, kept a level head throughout, calling the outgoing president on his bogus claims. Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling was a bit more contentious Monday when he held a press conference. In the presser, Sterling went through many of Trump’s claims about the election in the state and debunked them with clear, concise language and facts.
“This is all easily, provably false,” Sterling said. “Yet the president persists and, by doing so, undermines Georgians’ faith in the elections system, especially Republican Georgians in this case.”
It was also reported that Trump made more than 15 calls to Raffensperger in the two months since Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. The secretary of state told NBC News he finally took the call against his better judgement.
“He did most of the talking, we did most of the listening,” Raffensperger told NBC News. “But I do want to make my points that the data that he has is just plain wrong. He had hundreds and hundreds of people he said that were dead that voted. We found two. That’s an example of just his bad data.”
While Raffensperger said he did not know if the call violated state laws, he did acknowledge it could be investigated by state officials.
“I understand that the Fulton County district attorney wants to look at it. Maybe that’s the appropriate venue for it to go,” Raffensperger told The Guardian.