Georgia Democratic lawmaker to seek censure of Trump over Raffensperger call

A Democratic lawmaker from Georgia said Sunday that he would introduce a motion to censure President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE in the House on Monday over audio of him pressuring Georgia's secretary of state to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the Peach State.

Rep. Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Defense bill takes center stage Hillicon Valley: Senators want answers about Amazon's biometric data collection | House members release companion bill targeting app stores | Google files to dismiss Ohio lawsuit MORE (D), who represents part of Georgia's DeKalb County, tweeted that the president's remarks to Brad Raffensperger (R) in audio reported by The Washington Post earlier Sunday constituted a "violation of state and federal law."

"Tomorrow, I will introduce a resolution of Censure. Trump should resign NOW!" Johnson tweeted.


A House censure holds no legally binding power but serves as the highest form of official rebuke the body can serve the president short of filing articles of impeachment.

The Georgia lawmaker was one of many Democrats to react with outrage after audio of Trump's call with Raffensperger was published Sunday; a number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook MORE (Ill.), have called for the president to face consequences up to and including criminal investigation over his remarks.


On the call, the president can be heard pressuring Raffensperger to "find" more than 11,000 votes needed for Trump to surpass President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE in the state, an idea Raffensperger firmly rejects in the conversation.

The president also can be heard on the call talking about a number of conspiracy theories involving the 2020 election, including unproven allegations about tampering involving Dominion voting machines and ballots supposedly being shredded in Fulton County.

There has been no evidence presented to prove such allegations. Several top federal officials have dismissed such theories, and dozens of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign have been tossed.