Georgia’s top election official decided to examine a presidential call about overturning the election result after refusing to follow a direct order.
The office of Georgia’s secretary of state will investigate Brad Raffensperger’s leaked phone conversation with then-President Trump to check for any unlawful activity on Jan. 2.
The office claimed the effort was only intended to find out what happened.
“Investigations are fact-finding and administrative in nature,” office spokesman Walter Jones said, according to Bloomberg. “The secretary of state’s office investigates complaints it receives … [and] any further legal efforts will be left to the attorney general.”
The remarks came after Raffensperger disobeyed the president’s request to help the GOP win the November election’s Georgia leg.
“We have to stand by our numbers. We believe our numbers are right,” Raffensperger said, according to a phone call recording leaked to The Washington Post.
The president was concerned the secretary of state knew the GOP initially won the Georgia election. Still, the outcome allegedly changed after ballots were destroyed and Dominion voting machine parts were replaced.
“They are shredding ballots, in my opinion, based on what I have heard, and they are removing machinery and moving it as fast as they can—both of which are criminal fines, and you cannot let it happen, and you are letting it happen,” he said.
The president directed Raffensperger to help give him another four years in the Oval Office by finding more votes to beat Joe Biden’s 0.2% margin.
“Look, all I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes,” he said after elucidating many of the different ways fraud had diminished a vastly greater number of Trump votes. “A lot of people think it was not a mistake, it was much more criminal than that, but it is a big problem in Georgia. It is not a problem that is going away.”
However, shortly after the secretary of state denied this request, a recording of the entire telephone conversation was leaked to mainstream media.
SHW Partners Principal Jason Miller, who is advising President Trump, believes the conversation was completely ethical and within the law.
“[There was] nothing improper or untoward about a scheduled call between President Trump, Secretary Raffensperger, and lawyers on both sides,” he said in a statement obtained by Politico. “If Mr. Raffensperger did not want to receive calls about the election, he should not have run for secretary of state, and the only reason the call became public was that Mr. Raffensperger leaked it in an attempt to score political points.”