Another quote used by Democrats in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial has been found to be fraudulent.
The Washington Post claimed on Jan. 9 that then-President Trump had asked a Georgia state elections official to “find the fraud” and assured her that if she did, she would be a “national hero.” “‘Find the fraud,’ Trump threatened a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say might lead to obstruction,” according to The Washington Post. However, an audio recording released last week revealed that Trump did not say that, and the Post published a clarification stating that Trump was misquoted.
The fake Trump quote had already been used by Democrats to call for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
Democrats claimed in their trial brief to the House impeachment managers, “President Trump’s campaign to reverse the election results—and to keep himself in the White House—lasted through the days immediately preceding the assault on the Capitol. On December 23, for instance, President Trump reportedly called one of Georgia’s lead election investigators, urging him to ‘find the fraud’ and claiming that the official would be a ‘national
hero’ if he did so.”
The brief referenced an article in the Post that relied on a single anonymous source.
One of the House impeachment managers, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), used the bogus quotation in her oral argument before the Senate impeachment trial.
Dean said, “A few weeks later on December 23rd, Trump called the chief investigator for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who was conducting an audit. An audit of the signature matching procedures for absentee ballots. Trump urged him, “Find the fraud,” and claimed the official would be a national hero if he did. Let’s call this what it is. He was asking the official to say there was evidence of fraud when there wasn’t any. The official refused and the investigation was completed.”
Other false and deceptive information was provided by Democrats, including the Charlottesville “very fine people” fake quote.