On Monday, President Trump’s attorney Kurt Hilbert expressed a strong sense of “disappointment” from the Trump legal team, slamming the decision to secretly record and disseminate what was supposed to be a “confidential settlement discussion” made between the president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend. Controversy over this phone call comes after the Washington Post received a recording of the call and published a transcript of the call in full, focusing on President Trump’s repeated urging for Raffensperger to accept the many allegations of voter fraud that occurred in the state during the 2020 election. Hilbert, a Georgia-based attorney, was joined on the call by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, conservative attorney Cleta Mitchells and several additional lawyers. On Raffensperger’s side of the call was Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs and his office’s general counsel, Ryan Germany.
“We are disappointed that the secretary of state and his staff secretly recorded and released a confidential settlement discussion to settle the two pending lawsuits,” Kurt Hilbert expressed in a statement on Monday, “While they may think that behavior is appropriate, we do not.”
President Trump had allegedly attempted to call Raffensperger 18 times prior to their eventual phone conversation last Saturday. President Trump utilized the hour-long call to provide a long list of suspected instances of voter fraud in Georgia during the November 3rd election. In the call President Trump cited many times where thousands of dead people voted, suitcases of ballots were brought from underneath tables, voters from out-of-state cast ballots, and Dominion software machines switching votes from Trump to Biden.
“But we have a number of things. We have at least 2 or 3 — anywhere from 250 to 300,000 ballots were dropped mysteriously into the rolls. Much of that had to do with Fulton County, which hasn’t been checked”, President Trump states in the phone call, “You had out-of-state voters. They voted in Georgia, but they were from out of state, of 4,925. You had absentee ballots sent to vacant, they were absentee ballots sent to vacant addresses. They had nothing on them about addresses, that’s 2,326. And you had dropboxes, which is very bad. You had dropboxes that were picked up. We have photographs, and we have affidavits from many people.”
President Trump tells Raffensberger that there is enough evidence to show that hundreds of thousands of votes were cast illegally in Georgia alone, but repeatedly emphasizes that the margin of illegal votes vastly surpasses the supposed 11,799 votes that Trump lost the state by. Throughout the call Trump confidently affirms that he “very easily” won the state and with Chief of Staff Meadows calls on Raffensberger to investigate these many allegations of fraud.
Shortly after the phone call, President Trump tweeted that Raffensberger was “unwilling” and “unable” to answer many of the questions pointing to election fraud in the Peach State. Many Democrats have lambasted the president for conducting the phone call, with Senator Dick Durbin believing that Trump sought to intimidate a state official into manipulating the vote totals in the state. Democrat Representatives Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York went so far as to send a criminal referral to the FBI, accusing President Trump of soliciting election fraud during the call.
The release of Trump’s phone call comes just a day before Georgia’s highly contested January 5th Senate runoff elections, that sees Senator David Perdue square off against Democrat Jon Ossoff, while Senator Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. The results of these two elections will ultimately determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.