Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers

Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE’s (R) office on Monday rejected President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE’s call for him to “overrule” his secretary of state. 

In a statement to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Kemp spokesperson said that “Georgia law prohibits the governor from interfering in elections” after Trump in messages on Twitter questioned why the “hapless” governor was not interceding on his behalf.

The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order,” Kemp’s communication’s director, Cody Hall, said.


"As the governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps  including a sample audit of signatures  to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, who is also a Republican, said in November that Republicans, including Trump ally and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration MORE (R-S.C.), had pressured him to exclude ballots as part of an effort to swing the state's election to Trump. Graham denied the charge.

Raffensberger and Kemp both certified the results of the election, which after a recount found President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE to have defeated Trump by more than 12,000 votes.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at at both Republicans, and he has refused to concede his loss in Georgia or nationally.

His feud with Kemp has also intensified, with Trump stating that he was “ashamed” that he endorsed Kemp and that "he’s done absolutely nothing." 


This has all happened as the state gears up for two runoff elections in January that will determine the U.S. senate majority.   

Raffensperger has called himself a “proud Trump supporter” and acknowledged his disappointment in the president’s defeat, but reiterated his confidence in the vote count.

“Numbers don’t lie. As secretary of state, I believe the numbers that we have presented today are correct,” he said. “The numbers reflect the verdict of the people.”