2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger provides an update on the state of the elections and the counting of votes during a press conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia 2/2
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Georgia prosecutor plans to examine a phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (NYSE 🙂 and Georgia’s secretary of state as part of a criminal investigation into whether former President Donald Trump or his allies violated state law. trying to influence the election results, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will analyze the call Graham made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger 10 days after the Nov.3 election, the Post reported, citing an anonymous person familiar with the investigation. Graham, a Republican and a close ally of Trump, asked Raffensperger if he had the power to discard all mail-in ballots in certain counties, Raffensperger told the Post. Raffensperger said that Graham appeared to be asking him to incorrectly find a way to sidestep legally cast votes, according to the newspaper. A Graham spokesman, Kevin Bishop, called the accusation “ridiculous.” He said Graham was asking Raffensperger how the signature verification process worked and the senator never asked him to disqualify anyone’s ballot. Bishop said Graham has not been notified of any investigation into the call. The Fulton County district attorney’s office and Raffensperger’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters. Willis is investigating Trump after a Jan.2 phone call he made pressuring Raffensperger to overturn the state’s election results based on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. In the recorded call with Raffensperger, Trump says, “All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” referring to the narrow margin of President Joe Biden‘s victory in the state, one of the few swing states that cost Trump the White House.