Trump’s Solicitation of Election Fraud Is His Highest Crime

President Trump called Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger on Saturday an explicit and repeated request that the election overseer in a critical battlefield state “finds” a sufficient number of votes to overturn that state’s election of President-elect Joe Biden.

This is an invitation to vote fraud.

It’s illegal.

This is an abuse of office.

And yes, it is a criminal offense. So clear that Free speech for people President John Bonifaz, one of the country’s most consistent advocates of President accountability, says“Congress should vote immediately on new impeachment proceedings against this lawless president.”

There was nothing fine about the President’s lawless invitation. He pressured an electoral officer to “find” the votes he needed to “win” a state that he lost with 11,779 votes After a regular census, recounts and an examination confirmed the accuracy of the result that gave Biden the votes of the state electoral college.

“Look here,” said the President to Raffensperger. “All I want to do is: I only want to get 11,780 votes, one more than us because we won the state.”

Over and over again in the course of the hour-long streak – a tape of which was received from The Washington Post– Trump returned to the demand. “The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that you recalculated.”

Raffensperger calmly explained to the President that “the challenge you have, the data you have is wrong.” But Trump didn’t back down.

“So tell me, Brad,” Trump said to the Secretary of State, “what do we do now? We won the election and it’s not fair to take it away from us like that. And it will be like that very expensive in many ways. ”

It was an illegal appeal so illegal it immediately sparked speculation about the president’s prosecution. And for a good reason. Recalling the “very costly” threat, experienced prosecutors (and lead attorney for the 2019 impeachment investigation) Daniel Goldman watched“I have been charged with extortion in similar language mob cases.”

“We now have irrefutable evidence that a president is putting an official in his own party under pressure and threatening to induce him to overturn the legal, certified number of votes of one state and fabricate another in his place.” said Bob Bauer, a senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden.

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