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Raffensperger Makes Suggestion to Republicans

Georgia's secretary of state asks party to support principled candidates

(Newser) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was once asked by Donald Trump to "find" enough votes to keep him in the White House, made a request before the former president's arrival in the state Saturday. He wants his fellow Republican voters to "find leaders that are...

Graham Turns to Supreme Court to Block Grand Jury Subpoena

Appeals panel unanimously rejected Republican's request a day earlier

(Newser) - Update: Stymied by a federal appeals court on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham turned to the Supreme Court on Friday to try to avoid appearing before a grand jury investigating possible efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The South Carolina Republican filed the emergency request with Justice Clarence Thomas, who...

Georgia Secretary of State: 'Numbers Don't Lie'

Raffensperger says almost 300 election fraud claims were investigated, but Trump didn't want to hear truth

(Newser) - Tuesday's Jan. 6 panel hearing focused on former President Donald Trump's pressure on state officials to overturn his election loss—especially in Georgia, where he urged Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" 11,780 votes that could reverse President Biden's win. "There were not...

Report: Trump 'Stunned' by Georgia Primary Result

Insiders say he wasn't expecting big Raffensperger win

(Newser) - Candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump were roundly defeated in last week's Republican primaries in Georgia—and insiders say Trump was most shocked by the victory of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , citing sources close to Trump, reports that the former president was "disappointed"...

In Georgia, Another Primary Blow for Trump

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger beats Trump-backed challenger, others

(Newser) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who was a top target of former President Trump, has won the Republican primary as he seeks reelection, the AP reports. Raffensperger beat three challengers, including Trump-endorsed US Rep. Jody Hice, who had criticized his handling of the 2020 election. Raffensperger was among Trump’...

Trump's Clout Faces Big Test in Georgia Races

It's another primary day

(Newser) - It's another busy primary Tuesday. Georgia takes center stage as Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger try to fight back challengers endorsed by former President Trump, who's seeking revenge for his 2020 election defeat in the state. An assessment at FiveThirtyEight sees that and other...

Special Grand Jury to Be Seated in Georgia Election Inquiry

Fulton County's Fani Willis is investigating whether Trump, others tried to interfere

(Newser) - Update: Judges have approved a request for a special grand jury by the Georgia prosecutor who's investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others broke the law by trying to pressure Georgia officials to throw out Joe Biden's presidential election victory, the AP reports. The special grand jury...

Georgia Workers Accused of Shredding Voter Applications

2 Fulton County workers have been fired

(Newser) - Officials in Georgia's most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday. Preliminary information indicates that the employees checked out batches of applications for processing, and they...

Judge Strikes Down Part of Georgia Voting Law

But he declined to block numerous other provisions

(Newser) - A federal judge has found that a part of Georgia's sweeping new election law that broadly prohibits the photographing of a voted ballot is likely unconstitutional. US District Judge J.P. Boulee on Friday granted a preliminary injunction on that section of the law, meaning it cannot be enforced...

Recording of Trump's Legally Murky Georgia Phone Call Is Out

Then-president had a 6-minute call with Georgia election investigator

(Newser) - Then-President Trump made more than one legally murky phone call to a Georgia official as the state worked to certify election results, and the recording of one is now out. The 6-minute call, which Trump made on Dec. 23 to the state's lead elections investigator , was to Frances Watson,...

Now 2 States Are Pursuing Criminal Cases Against Trump

Georgia reportedly joins New York

(Newser) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others reportedly got a letter from Fulton County prosecutors on Wednesday that made clear the state has started a criminal investigation into former President Trump, sources tell the New York Times and NBC News . The letter from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis...

Pro-Trump Lawyer Investigated for Voter Fraud

Lin Wood, who voted in Georgia, said he's been living in SC for 'months'

(Newser) - A pro-Trump lawyer who vehemently defended the former president's claims of election fraud is under investigation for possible voter fraud in Georgia. The office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says it's investigating Lin Wood, who was based in Atlanta, after he told a reporter he'd been...

Trump May Have Leaned on Georgia Investigator

Legal experts say the call might have violated the law

(Newser) - President Trump told Georgia's lead elections investigator last month that he'd be "a national hero" if he would "find the fraud" in Cobb County's voting results. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the call was placed Dec. 23 but that he didn't know...

Protesters Targeted Statehouses Nationwide

Raffensperger was evacuated from Georgia Capitol

(Newser) - Washington, DC wasn't the only capital targeted by pro-President Trump protesters Wednesday. In Atlanta, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff were evacuated from the Georgia Capitol as militia members gathered outside, 11Alive reports. Officials say they were escorted out of the building due to security concerns as...

Election Official 'Wanted to Scream' When He Heard Trump Call

Raffensperger's office debunks fraud claims

(Newser) - A top election official in Georgia says hearing President Trump rehash election fraud claims was like Groundhog Day. At a news conference called by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office Monday, a clearly exasperated Gabriel Sterling listed the claims Trump made in his Saturday call to Raffensperger and...

Democrats Want FBI to Investigate Trump Call

'The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight'

(Newser) - Experts have called President Trump's phone call to Georgia's secretary of state legally murky —but a few congressional Democrats say it was clearly criminal. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray sent Monday, Reps. Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice called for an "immediate criminal investigation"...

What Pro-Trump Outlets Say About His Phone Call

He 'acted properly,' declares Newsmax

(Newser) - After the Washington Post came out with its scoop about President Trump's phone call to Georgia election officials, critics accused him of running afoul of the law. But Trump's supporters see things much differently. Two examples of positive coverage:
  • Newsmax notes that the Post, referring to Trump's

Trump's Georgia Phone Call Was Legally Murky: Experts

But almost certainly won't be prosecuted, they say

(Newser) - When the Washington Post published its scoop on President Trump's leaked phone call with Georgia's secretary of state , the newspaper noted the POTUS may have been skating on thin ice, legally speaking, with his attempts to get Brad Raffensperger on board with overturning Joe Biden's win in...

Trump: 'I Just Want to Find 11,780 Votes'

Washington Post has recording of the president's call to Brad Raffensperger

(Newser) - “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes.” That’s what President Trump said to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday in an “extraordinary” hour-long phone call, the Washington Post’s Amy Gardner reports. The Post...

New Voters Could Decide Senate Runoffs

Thousands, mostly young, have registered in time to affect Georgia's January election

(Newser) - There's a wild card in the Georgia Senate runoffs. The state has signed up almost 76,000 new voters who are eligible to vote Jan. 5 in the election that will pick two winners, deciding which party will control the Senate. No one knows how they might tip the...

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