Recently, after the recording of the call of current US President Trump asking Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffinsberg to “find” the votes he needed to win the state election, Democrats drafted a resolution to try to condemn Trump on the matter, and many Republicans said they want to defend the general Tong, defend him.
Meanwhile, whether Trump’s pressure on Rafinsberg on the phone is illegal has also caused controversy.
The Democratic Party and the business community strongly condemned it.
On January 3rd local time, CNN, The Washington Post and other media reported recordings of Trump’s call with the Georgia Secretary of State. Democrats began to discuss how to deal with the leak of Trump’s call on the 4th.
For example, Hank Johnson, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, introduced a resolution on the 4th to condemn Trump’s attempt to overthrow Georgia’s election results, but whether the House of Representatives The voting on the resolution remains to be seen.
Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, will coordinate the speech of House Democrats on the 6th. It is reported that she is meeting with delegations from every state that may be targeted by the Republican Party to discuss how to counter allegations of so-called “election fraud” in the 2020 U.S. election.
Democratic Rep. Jacis from New York stressed that a serious, serious and pragmatic approach will be adopted “to protect our democratic foundation.”
Unlike the fierce reaction of other Democrats, President-elect Biden of the United States once again chose not to amplify Trump’s attacks on the legitimacy of the presidential election.
In a speech in Georgia on the afternoon of the 4th, Biden admitted, “I don’t understand why Trump still wants to stay in the White House because he doesn’t seem to want to do the presidency.” It’s Biden’s only response to the Trump call recording scandal.
After the recording of the call fermented, the Wall Street Journal reported on the 4th that under the call of the Partnership for New York City, nearly 200 American business leaders wrote to Congress on the 4th, criticizing incumbent President Trump and other branches. Republicans who hold the term “election fraud” try to prevent Congress from confirming the election vote results.
As Trump and many Republicans continue to dispute Biden’s election results, this is the latest attempt by the American business community to openly urge a smooth transfer of power.
“Attempts to obstruct or delay this process (meaning the process for identifying the 2020 election winners) violate the fundamental principles of democracy” and “Our duly elected leaders deserve the respect and bipartisan support of all Americans as we deal with the worst health and economic crisis in modern history.” The letter reads.
Republican Party tries to defend
As in part of the past, Republicans did not condemn the president. House Minority Leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy, Attempts To Downplay The Recorded Call Scandal “The president has been concerned about the fairness of the election,” McCarthy told Fox News.
“The president thinks something has happened in Georgia and he wants to be held accountable for it.”
Other Republicans have also defended Trump, and some even refuse to dispute the president’s behavior. Rep. Paul Goza, a Republican from Arizona, believes that Trump’s call only conveys “a great frustration”.
CNN reported on the 4th that Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan believes that the nature of Trump’s controversial call is similar to that of previous impeachment cases, “the media and Democrats always have to make a fuss.” Asked if the call would reduce Republican support for Trump’s attempt to overthrow the election results, Jordan said no.
“We have received huge support and are growing.”
In addition, Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia condemned Raffensberg: “I think the Secretary of State caused the defeat of the election in Georgia and the election certification should be cancelled.”
At the same time, some Republicans expressed concern about the recorded call. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who opposed Trump’s overturned the election results, said: “[The call recorded] is deeply disturbing.”
“I would like to commend Republican election officials across the country for doing their duties with integrity over the past two months while weathering relentless pressure, disinformation and attacks from the president and his campaign,” Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said in a statement on the 4th.
According to the Voice of America on the 4th, Georgia will hold two senatorial elections on the 5th. After the recording of the call was leaked, Trump went to Georgia on the 4th to support Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Luffler.
Trump also tweeted before departure: “Go to Georgia and meet you soon.” If the Republican Party wins in two contests, the government will be divided, with Republicans controlling the Senate and Democrats controlling the White House and the House of Representatives.
Whether the content of the call is illegal or not is controversial.
According to the British Guardian on the 4th, the White House has made 18 attempts to call Raffinsberg in the past two months. I want to make my point that the data he (Trump) has is completely wrong.
He said there were thousands of dead tickets, but we only found two. This is just a proof of his bad data. Raffensberg said.
Asked if he thought Trump’s request was legal, Rafinsberg replied: “I’m not a lawyer.
All I know is that we will abide by the law and the procedure. The truth matters and we’ve been fighting the rumors for the last two months.”
The leak of the call has triggered a heated bipartisan debate on whether the act violates federal laws prohibiting interference in elections. Rep. Ted Leu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., asked for a hearing on the case in the House of Representatives and asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation into Trump’s call.
“As a congressman and a former prosecutor, we believe Trump is involved in inducing or compliciting to commit multiple election crimes,” they wrote to FBI Director Christopher Ray.
Reuters reported on the 5th that Trump’s call with Rafinsberg may violate Georgia law and U.S. federal law. One law in Georgia prohibits “instigating election fraud”, while another federal law makes it illegal to try to “deprive or deceive” people of “a fair and just election process”. Several legal experts interviewed by Reuters said that Trump may have violated one or two of them.
Also, Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in California, said that the call was a “blatant federal crime”. She also said that Trump seemed to be using threats to force Raffinsberg to change the legal vote count.
However, Anthony Michael Cres, a law professor at Georgia State University, said that the key to whether it is illegal is whether Trump really asked Raffensberg to forge votes on the phone call or only comment on the November 3 election results.
The U.S. Capitol Hill newspaper said on the 4th that Farney Willis, the district attorney for Fulton, Georgia, said that if the disputed phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Braffinsberg is referred to her, she will “enforce the law without fear or favoritism”. “Anyone who violates Georgia’s laws will be held accountable,” Willis stressed.