Georgia Democratic lawmaker to seek Trump’s censure over Raffensperger appeal
A Georgia Democratic lawmaker said Sunday he would introduce a motion to censure President Trump in the House on Monday after he pressured Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. of Peach.
Representative Hank Johnson (D), who represents part of DeKalb County in Georgia, tweeted that the president’s remarks to Brad Raffensperger (R) in audio reported by the Washington Post earlier on Sunday was a “violation of state and federal law.”
“Tomorrow, I will present a resolution of censure. Trump should resign NOW! Johnson tweeted.
.@realDonaldTrump‘s appeal to the Ga. SOS
was far from “perfect”. In fact, it is a violation of state and federal laws. Tomorrow, I will introduce a censorship resolution. Trump should resign NOW! https://t.co/Jor1AmFDh0
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) January 3, 2021
A House censure holds no legally binding powers, but is the highest form of official reprimand the body can serve the President unless he files articles of impeachment.
The Georgia lawmaker was one of many Democrats to react with outrage after audio of Trump’s call with Raffensperger was released on Sunday; a number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Illinois), have called the President deal with the consequences up to and including a criminal investigation into his remarks.
On the call, the president can be heard pressuring Raffensperger to “find” the more than 11,000 votes needed for Trump to overtake President-elect Joe Biden in the state, an idea Raffensperger firmly rejects in conversation.
The President can also be heard on the call talking about a number of conspiracy theories involving the 2020 election, including unproven allegations of tampering involving Dominion voting machines and ballots believed to be shredded in Fulton County.
No evidence has been presented to prove such claims. Several senior federal officials have dismissed those theories, and dozens of lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign have been dropped.