Georgia Prosecutor Appointed By Trump Dismisses Election Fraud Claims: Report
A Georgia federal attorney appointed by President Donald Trump reportedly dismissed the president's allegations of election fraud, telling staff Monday that "it appears to be not for them".
During a conference call with staff, the replay of which was obtained from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine admitted that he had turned down two cases of election fraud on his first day at work.
"I would like to be noticed on the street corner and scream this, and I can't," Christine said on the call. "But I can tell you that I shut those two down the most - I don't know, I think you'd call them high profile or the two most pressing electoral issues this office has."
"I said I think like a lot of the people at the table believed there was just nothing for them," he added.
Christine's office declined to comment.
Trump selected Christine to head the U.S. law firm after his predecessor BJay Pak was reportedly forced to resign because the president didn't feel he was doing enough to investigate electoral fraud. (The Department of Justice and election officials across the country have found no evidence of widespread election fraud or irregularities in the counting of votes.)
During the call on Monday, Christine said he was surprised to find so few election-related cases on his desk when he took over last week.
"Honestly, if you were just watching TV, you'd assume you had campaigns piled from floor to ceiling," said Christine. "I'm so glad to find out that it wasn't, but I didn't know I was going in."
Trump has railed against election officials across the country, with a particular focus on Georgia, a state he won in 2016 but narrowly lost to President-elect Joe Biden in November. During a one-hour phone call on Jan. 2, Trump urged Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to undo Biden's victory in the state.
"We won this election in Georgia," Trump falsely claimed during the call. "And there's nothing wrong with saying that, Brad. You know, I mean, having the right thing - the people of Georgia are angry. ... And there's nothing wrong with saying that you recalculated. "
Raffensperger eases Trump's pressure and tells the president that the data he used to support his claims is "false".
"I just want to do the following: I only want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us," said Trump Raffensperger at another point in the conversation.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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