Add Another Phone Call to the Pile

Trump tried to interfere in GA earlier than we knew.

“President Donald J. Trump in the Oval Office” by The White House

WaPo reports: ‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction.

Trump placed the call to the investigations chief for the Georgia secretary of state’s office shortly before Christmas — while the individual was leading an inquiry into allegations of ballot fraud in Cobb County, in the suburbs of Atlanta, according to people familiar with the episode.

The president’s attempts to intervene in an ongoing investigation could amount to obstruction of justice or other criminal violations, legal experts said, though they cautioned a case could be difficult to prove.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had launched the inquiry following allegations that Cobb election officials had improperly accepted mail ballots with signatures that did not match those on file — claims that state officials ultimately concluded had no merit.

Just add it to the list, I guess.

The “law and order” president, indeed.

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  1. Jen says:

    I know the whole “we can’t prosecute our former rivals” argument, but he really does need to be prosecuted at the state level, anywhere and everywhere he’s broken the law. This is all so very unacceptable. This needs to be done even if, and arguably especially if, he pardons himself.

  2. Slugger says:

    Special prosecutor!

  3. CSK says:

    This is exactly how he ran his ramshackle fiefdom in New York. Why should anyone have expected him to run the presidency differently?

  4. Jay L Gischer says:

    I have a old friend with a brother who is a poll worker in Georgia. I asked if the brother had got any death threats, and it turns out the people of Georgia appear to be rallying to one another and are quite sick of people from outside the state coming there and telling them what to do. In addition they seem shocked and appalled by what happened on Wednesday.

    Which seems quite normal, really.

  5. reid says:

    Jesus. Imagine the number of heads exploding on the right if Obama had made just one of these calls.

  6. Gustopher says:

    @Slugger: Any special prosecutor should be empowered to look into any contacts intended to pressure officials in the states, to include Lindsey Graham as well.

  7. David S. says:

    @Jen: I’ve been on the fence, but inclined against, prosecution for most of these last four years (wouldn’t disagree with it, but uncomfortable), but yeah. The last two months have thoroughly persuaded me otherwise.

    I’m not convinced Biden will do it, but I agree he should.