The sole Democrat on Georgia’s state Board of Elections has called for a civil and criminal probe over a phone call in which President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dead at 77 Biden, Democrats losing ground with independent and suburban voters: poll Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law MORE pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) to “find” more votes for him.
“It’s a crime to solicit election fraud, and asking the secretary to change the votes is a textbook definition of election fraud,” David Worley told The Washington Post, which first published the audio of Trump's call on Sunday.
Worley, in a letter to Raffensperger, said the call was “probable cause” for a probe into possible election code violations, citing a section of the state code criminalizing soliciting election fraud from someone else.
“Such an incident, splashed as it is across every local and national news outlet, cannot be ignored or brushed aside,” he wrote. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Moore cited the same law last year when he filed a complaint against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship MORE (R-S.C.), whom Raffensperger said had pressured him to exclude some ballots in the Peach State.
In the call to Raffensperger, Trump demands the Georgia secretary of state “find 11,780 votes,” citing unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the state. In the call, Raffensperger declines to help the president and questions the validity of the sources of his claims.
Trump has repeatedly targeted both Raffensperger and Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempOvernight Health Care — Judge pauses federal employee vaccine mandate Kemp sues Biden administration over Medicaid work requirements Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure MORE (R) for refusing to aid his efforts to undo President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE’s victory in the state. The call has prompted sharp criticism from both Democrats and some Republicans, including Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed Jan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement Kinzinger welcomes baby boy MORE (R-Ill.), who called it “appalling” on Sunday.
Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinBipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law Democrats ask for information on specialized Border Patrol teams Democrats face scaled-back agenda after setbacks MORE (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, went further, saying the recording “merits nothing less than a criminal investigation,” while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMan who threatened to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi pleads guilty to federal charges These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Missouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-N.Y.) called it an impeachable offense.
The Hill has reached out to Raffensperger’s office for comment.