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‘The Truth Must Be Allowed to Come Out’: Trump Implores Raffensperger to Examine Voter Fraud Claims

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Former President Donald Trump has asked Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to look into claims of alleged vote fraud during the 2020 election, taking him and Gov. Brian Kemp to task for not doing more to facilitate the process.

In a letter to Raffensperger, Trump began, “Large scale Voter Fraud continues to be reported” in the state.

“Enclosed is a report of 43,000 Absentee Ballot Votes Counted in DeKalb County that violated the Chain of Custody rules, making them invalid,” Trump’s letter continued.

“I would respectfully request that your department check this and, if true, along with many other claims of voter fraud and voter irregularities, start the process of decertifying the Election, or whatever the correct legal remedy is, and announce the true winner,” the letter continued. “

“As stated to you previously, the number of false and/or irregular votes is far greater than needed to change the Georgia election result,” he wrote.

“People do not understand why you and Governor Brian Kemp adamantly refuse to acknowledge the now proven facts, and fight so hard that the election truth not be told. You and Governor Kemp are doing a tremendous disservice to the Great State of Georgia, and to our Nation – which is systematically being destroyed by an illegitimate president and his administration,” the letter concludes, with Trump adding: “The truth must be allowed to come out.”

Trump’s letter comes as the results of a highly controversial audit of millions of ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, during the election are set to be released in a week, according to reports. Trump has insisted, without evidence to date, that there was enough vote fraud in that state to overturn President Joe Biden’s roughly 11,000-vote victory.about:blank

For his part, Raffensperger, who initially shied away from audits in his state, appeared to change his mind this past spring, telling The New York Times he supported a judge’s ruling in which the court said voters must be allowed to view copies of all 147,000 absentee ballots cast in the state’s largest county.

“So from Day 1, I’ve encouraged Georgians who have concerns about the elections in their counties to pursue those claims through legal avenues. Frankly, Fulton County has a longstanding history of election mismanagement that has weakened voter faith in the system,” Raffensperger said.

However, the Times noted that previously, the secretary of state “refuted the false allegations regarding absentee ballots in Fulton County, nearly the very same claims that are a part of this lawsuit that led to the judge’s order,” asking what changed his mind.

“Unfortunately, the No. 1 issue that we’re facing right now in elections nationwide is voter confidence. Now, in Georgia, it goes back to the 2018 governor’s race, when Stacey Abrams did not concede, and then in 2016, days after President Trump won, the other camp talks about Russian collusion. And so we had those aspersions cast on Trump’s victory,” Raffensperger told the Times in the May interview.

“But what happens each time is that voter confidence takes a hit. So whenever we can restore, or have a process that will help restore, voter confidence, I think that’s a good thing — if you have an open and transparent process in which everyone can objectively agree that this is due process that they’re doing, that they’re making sure they’re following the law,” he continued.

“At the end of the day, they’re going to get the same results we got after November. And then we can hopefully put this to bed.”

On Thursday, Just The News reported that Raffensperger expects to be subpoenaed to give testimony before the congressional Jan. 6 Committee, adding that he will defy it.

“I’m focused on secure and accessible elections — not re-litigating the past, whether January 6th, the 2018 election, or the 2020 election,” he told the outlet.