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Investigate the Georgia Secretary of State's office for attempting to destroy public records

WHEREAS the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (“Raffensperger”) secretly recorded a phone call from President Donald Trump on December 23rd, 2020; and

WHEREAS the Washington Post published an article on January 9th , 2021 based on the account of an â€œindividual familiar with the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity” claiming that the President had attempted to “intervene in an ongoing investigation” during the call and that his actions “could amount to obstruction of justice or other criminal violations” [1] ; and

WHEREAS the anonymous account from the January 9th Washington Post article was used by Democrats to maliciously prosecute President Donald Trump in their second impeachment attempt [2] ; and

WHEREAS the Washington Post was forced to drastically correct the January 9th article on March 11th, 2021 [3] when the full audio of the phone call was released proving that the Washington Post had misquoted the President [4] ; and

WHEREAS the Washington Post also revealed on March 11th , 2021 that it was Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs (“Fuchs”) who had falsely characterized the President’s words on the December 23rd call while leaking the story to the media [5] ; and

WHEREAS the audio recording of the call was reportedly found in the “trash folder” of the official’s device indicating that someone in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office had attempted to delete the recording [6] ; and

WHEREAS the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated § 45-11-1 makes it a felony to “steal, embezzel, alter, corrupt, withdraw, falsify, or avoid any record” including “sound recordings” and “audiovisual materials in any format” [7] ; and

WHEREAS Raffensperger has refused to hold himself or anyone in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office accountable for these misdeeds perpetrated under his watch;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we insist that Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr immediately open an investigation to determine whether anyone in the Georgia Secretary of State's office violated Georgia law by attempting to destroy public records and to prosecute any violators to the fullest extent of the law.

ï»ż[1] https://web.archive.org/web/20210110013207if_/https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html

[2] https://judiciary.house.gov/uploadedfiles/house_trial_brief_final.pdf (see page 10)

[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/01/09/7a55c7fa-51cf-11eb-83e3-322644d82356_story.html

[4] https://www.wsj.com/articles/recording-of-trump-phone-call-to-georgia-lead-investigator-reveals-new-details-11615411561 

[5] https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-call-georgia-investigator/2021/03/11/c532ea2e-827a-11eb-ac37-4383f7709abe_story.html 

[6] id.

[7] http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/gacode/default.asp

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