President Donald Trump continued his allegations of electoral fraud on Saturday morning as he alleged that “big information on electoral fraud” had been uncovered in Georgia.
“Great information on electoral fraud regarding Georgia. Stay tuned!’ Trump tweeted.
Biden was declared the winner in Georgia after a manual recount this week and Trump’s previous fraud allegations were largely dismissed as his legal team provided no evidence.
“I think the numbers we presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people, ”Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said on Friday.
President Donald Trump continued his allegations of electoral fraud on Saturday morning as he alleged “big information on electoral fraud” was uncovered in Georgia
“Big tidbits about election fraud involving Georgia,” Trump said on Twitter
The manual tally showed Biden won more than 12,000 votes out of an estimated 5 million votes, according to data released Thursday by Raffensperger’s office.
“Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said at a press conference at the State Capitol.
Raffensperger, a self-proclaimed “passionate conservative,” has been criticized and insulted by his Republican colleagues – from the president to the president of the Republican State Party – for running the election. He acknowledged their feelings on Friday.
“Like other Republicans, I am disappointed that our candidate did not win Georgia’s electoral vote. Close elections sow mistrust. People feel that their side has been deceived, ”he said.
But Raffensperger, as he had done several times before, defended the integrity of the process and the results.
Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to wear Georgia since 1992.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he would certify Joe Biden won the state presidential election
Trump supporters still gathered for the third day in a row on the steps of the State Capitol building in Atlanta on Friday and held an “Stop Theft” rally attended by InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
It came after the Georgia County Board of Elections voted to fire its chief clerk on Thursday after 2,600 uncounted ballots were discovered just before the district initially certified the results.
The Floyd County Board of Directors met for about an hour Thursday in a special session that ended with a vote to remove Floyd County Chief Election Clerk Robert Brady.
During a statewide audit earlier this week, election officials found the 2,600 ballots that had not been counted in previous totals.
Election officials discovered that they had failed to download a flashcard containing the electronic tally of those votes on election day, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
As a result of this discovery, election officials had to re-scan more than 8,000 ballots to make sure there were no other anomalies.
Of the 2,600 ballots discovered in Republican-leaning Floyd County, most went for Trump.
The new ballot slashed Biden’s lead over Trump by some 800 votes, which is still not enough to defeat the Democrat’s advantage.
Democrats and Republicans agreed that Brady should have been fired and that the countless ballots were the result of human error rather than a deliberate attempt to sabotage a free and fair election.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist, is seen speaking to Trump supporters on the steps of the State Capitol in Atlanta for the third day in a row at an “Stop Theft” rally on Friday
Pro-Trump protesters rally against election results outside Georgia State Capitol
Georgia election officials handle ballots in recount this week
Also this week, three lawyers filed an ethics complaint against Senator Lindsey Graham, accusing the South Carolina Republican of pressuring a Georgia election official to legally evacuate absent votes. during the presidential race.
In a complaint filed Wednesday with the Special Senate Committee on Ethics, Claire Finkelstein, Richard Painter and Walter Shaub “urge the committee to investigate whether Senator Graham suggested that Secretary Raffensperger deprive Georgian voters of their rights by not counting the votes legally cast for the office of president.
They “also demand clarity as to whether Senator Graham has threatened anyone with a Senate investigation into the Georgia vote count and / or taken steps to initiate such an investigation.”
The complaint also requests that Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “be recused from any Senate investigation or other matter relating to alleged irregularities in the 2020 election” while any investigation of his comments is ongoing.
Three lawyers have filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Lindsey Graham, accusing the Republican of pressuring an election official in Georgia to legally reject absent votes in the presidential race.
The complaint stems from comments by Raffensperger, who said this week that Graham asked him if he had the power to reject certain mail-in ballots, a question Raffensperger interpreted as a suggestion to reject legally cast votes.
Raffensperger told the Washington Post he faces increasing pressure from fellow Republicans who want to see Democrat Joe Biden’s weak lead in the state reversed.
Graham spokesman Kevin Bishop called the lawyers “longtime vocal critics” of Graham and Trump, adding: “Their complaint needs to be viewed in that light. “
Asked about the conversation with Raffensperger, Graham said on Monday that he was “trying to find out how the signature works” and that Raffensperger “had done a good job in explaining to me how they checked the signatures”.
Asked about Raffensperger’s interpretation of suggesting that legally cast ballots should be rejected, Graham replied, “This is ridiculous.”
The result in Georgia gave Biden 306 electoral votes, a total that Trump called a “landslide” when states gave him that number in 2016.
Biden also claimed victory in key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona, surpassing the 270 electoral vote threshold to clinch the presidency with room to spare.
Yet on Saturday morning Trump continued to claim victory and this fraud would come to light in Michigan.
“Massive electoral fraud will be shown! He wrote, alongside a statement about his meeting with the Michigan legislature.
“True, but very different from that reported by the media. We are going to show massive and unprecedented fraud!
Of the 2,600 ballots found in Republican-leaning Floyd County, most went for Trump (right). The new ballot slashed Biden’s (left) lead over Trump by some 800 votes – still not enough to defeat the Democrat’s advantage
President Trump also tweeted allegations of electoral fraud in Michigan on Saturday morning.
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield released the joint statement Trump shared after traveling to Washington to meet with the president – Trump once claimed that he had “won” the election, despite 6 million votes behind Biden.
However, they said they would “obey the law.”
Lawmakers said they saw nothing that would “change the outcome” of the race – although Trump’s lawyers have repeatedly claimed that “massive” fraud has occurred.
Their statement also included language that said the fraud should be “taken seriously” and prosecuted if discovered.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the Michigan election and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and go through the normal process regarding Michigan voters, as we have all said. throughout this election, ”Shirkey and Chatfield said in the statement.
He came after being tracked down by protesters when they arrived in Washington. They say they were invited to the White House on Wednesday night.
Trump’s allegations of massive electoral fraud were dismissed by a succession of judges and refuted by state election officials and a branch of the Department of Homeland Security of his own administration.
Many of his campaign’s lawsuits were thrown out of court.
A coalition of state election officials and the Trump administration’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency said the election was the safest in history.
Trump responded by firing his agency chief Chris Krebs.
The president is running out of time to overturn the election results in his favor.
In just days, Michigan and Pennsylvania will certify their results as their lawsuits go nowhere.