On Wednesday, March 10, The Wall Street Journal revealed they had obtained audio of then-President Trump calling the Georgia Secretary of State's chief election investigator and pressuring them to find votes in his favor.
Breaking: WSJ obtained the audio of Trump's call to the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State's offi… https://t.co/fsUB6QZnpC— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1615414804.0
Toward the end of the call, Trump asks if the Georgia investigators will keep working after xmas because “we have t… https://t.co/68A7XepNHr— southpaw (@southpaw)1615413706.0
During the six-minute call, which he placed to lead investigator Frances Watson, Trump claims "something bad happened" in the state and says:
"When the right answer comes out, you'll be praised."
This recording speaks for itself. And it speaks volumes. Hard to imagine a Georgia jury acquitting Trump of voting… https://t.co/8hEEYhuIoi— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1615457315.0
"Racketeering, a felony in Georgia, can carry stiff penalties including up to 20 years in prison and a hefty fine.… https://t.co/AlEfx8hwWG— Maddow Blog (@Maddow Blog)1615258707.0
Watson told Trump:
"I can assure you that our team and the [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], that we are only interested in the truth and finding the information that is based on the facts."
the moment where the chief investigator delicately tries to tell him he shouldn't be talking to her and he just bar… https://t.co/swJcya7rKZ— Quinta Jurecic (@Quinta Jurecic)1615413430.0
Lordy, there are more tapes - this one of a Dec 2020 btw the former guy and chief investigator, Frances Watson in G… https://t.co/plY4Ikz2Qo— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1615420565.0
Trump also encouraged Watson (who was assigned to Cobb County) to look at Fulton County, which contains Atlanta and voted for Biden.
"If you can get to Fulton, you are going to find things that are going to be unbelievable."
Trump believes black people voting is fraud, and the Georgia Republican Party is reshaping state law on that same b… https://t.co/9sj9WboHfY— Adam Serwer 🍝 (@Adam Serwer 🍝)1615413897.0
Racketeering charges against Trump and his cronies for conspiring to steal the votes of Georgia citizens in the 202… https://t.co/SAeXD1atjv— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1615134225.0
Even on the call, Watson indicated to Trump how unusual his behavior was:
"I do know that you are a very busy, very important man, and I am very honored that you called. And quite frankly I'm shocked that you would take time to do that, but I am very appreciative."
This tape is damning https://t.co/QPNOdliHX5— Erik Halvorsen (@Erik Halvorsen)1615431800.0
Another perfect phone call. https://t.co/S8xshDGxHY— David Block (@David Block)1615421292.0
Trump never offered any evidence in support of his claims, only saying losing Georgia "never made sense, and, you know, they dropped ballots. They dropped all these ballots. Stacey Abrams, really, really terrible."
Lock him up! https://t.co/DHGInoXjam— Nancy Erika Smith (@Nancy Erika Smith)1615417892.0
This newly uncovered call is incredibly similar to an earlier leaked call Trump made to Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
A spokesperson from Raffensperger's office commented:
"This phone call is just one more example of how Secretary Raffensperger's office's public comments also reflect what was said in one-on-one conversations: We would follow the law, count every legal vote and investigate any allegations of fraud. That's exactly what we did, and how we arrived at the accurate final vote tally."
The gun, it is smoking. How can calling the chief investigator NOT be obstruction of justice??? https://t.co/LhoTg28u44— Gordon Jones (@Gordon Jones)1615417410.0
Twitter wasn't surprised to see yet another Trump scandal months after he has left office.
👇👇 https://t.co/umvbd9Zm0I https://t.co/Wn5M1Cc1HC— Doris Bivings♏🦂🥂🥂🥂🥂💙💙❤❤ (@Doris Bivings♏🦂🥂🥂🥂🥂💙💙❤❤)1615422324.0
Former President Trump, who has yet to admit he lost the November 2020 election, is under criminal investigation in Georgia for his efforts to use the power of the Presidency to try and influence the outcome of the vote.
This call could very well end up being used as evidence by prosecutors in Trump's case.