As then-President Donald Trump urged Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” the votes necessary to overturn the 2020 election results, an aide for the Georgia official pushed the former president’s chief of staff to put a stop to it.
During the hourlong call on Jan. 2, 2021, one of Raffensperger’s top aides repeatedly texted Mark Meadows to “end the call,” noting the phone conversation was bound to derail, according to texts obtained by CNN. The messages give the latest glimpse into the chaos that ensued behind the scenes as Trump sought to declare victory in battleground states that had already been called in President Joe Biden’s favor.
“I don’t think this will be productive much longer,” wrote Jordan Fuchs, deputy secretary of state, about the phone call. “Let’s save the relationship.”
As Meadows eventually wrapped up the call, suggesting to both sides that lawyers would be in touch, Fuchs shot back by saying, “Thank you. Wow.”
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The now-infamous call between Trump and Raffensperger is under investigation in Fulton County and is set to advance this week as attorneys seek to determine whether the former president committed criminal actions by urging Raffensperger to overturn the results of the presidential race.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis will investigate whether Trump is guilty of solicitation of election fraud, making false statements to government bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office, and violence or threats related to how the election was managed, according to court documents filed in February 2021.
The Georgia investigation coincides with the Jan. 6 House select committee's investigation into the Capitol riot, and the latter has already gathered troves of evidence, including some that directly relate to Trump’s actions in Georgia. It’s not clear whether the two groups have shared access to materials, but some sources have suggested they have been in contact, according to CNN.
"Any relevant information no matter where it comes from will be reviewed and part of the investigation," said Jeff DiSantis, a spokesman for the Fulton County district attorney's office.
The collection of text messages was shared with the House Jan. 6 committee. Meadows is suing to block a congressional subpoena requiring him to provide more information.
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The Washington Examiner contacted Raffensperger’s office and the Fulton County government for comment but did not receive a response.