Georgia officials don’t expect General Assembly to overturn election result after Trump reported call with Kemp
Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) said on Sunday he is confident the state’s General Assembly will not convene for a special session to consider overturning the state’s election result.
Duncan was asked about potentially overturning the state’s already certified election results after a report surfaced this week detailing a phone call between President Trump and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).
On the call, Trump reportedly pressured Kemp to investigate voter fraud allegations he and his campaign have said occurred in the state and keep it from awarding President-elect Joe Biden its electoral votes.
“Calling the General Assembly back in at this point would almost be along the lines of a solution trying to find a problem. And we’re certainly not going to move the goal posts at this point in the election,” Duncan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We are going to continue to follow the letter of the law, which gives us a very clear-cut direction as to how to execute an election. And we’re going to continue to take that on. … I absolutely believe … that the governor is not going to call us into a special session.”
Election officials in Georgia have blasted Trump for peddling false claims of voter fraud, arguing they are putting election workers at risk.
“What for lack of a better word set me off on Tuesday was about an hour before or an hour and a half before a previously scheduled news conference, I got a call from the project manager from Dominion Voting Systems out of Colorado who was telling me in a very audibly shaken voice that one of their contractors had received some threats in Gwinnett County,” said Georgia voting systems manager Gabriel Sterling.
Trump held a rally in Georgia on Saturday, stumping for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who will face off against a pair of Democrats in the state’s runoff election in January that will determine control of the Senate.
He falsely claimed he had won in Georgia and that Biden had only been declared the winner because the election was “rigged.”
Trump has publicly attacked Kemp for not backing his unfounded claims of voter fraud, saying at one point he is ashamed he endorsed him in 2018.
“And the governor’s done nothing. He’s done absolutely nothing,” Trump said last week. “I’m ashamed that I endorsed him. But I look what’s going on. It’s so terrible.”
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