Georgia Senator David Perdue defended President Donald Trump on Monday over his phone call with GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
“I didn’t hear anything in that tape that the president hasn’t already said for weeks now since the November election calling for some sort of investigation, some sort of resolution to the improprieties and the irregularities that we now see happened in November here in Georgia,” Perdue, one of two Republican senators facing runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday, said on Fox News when asked about the call.
When pressed about other Republican pushback to the call, a recording of which was published by The Washington Post on Sunday, Perdue suggested the president was rightly raising concerns about the state’s election.
“What he is saying, a lot of people in Georgia and 75 million Americans, I think, align with him right now that something untoward happened here in Georgia and we have not gotten to the bottom of it,” Perdue said.
He also called the leak of the call “disgusting.”
From The Hill:
During the phone call Trump can be heard partially saying:
“The ballots are corrupt,” Trump said on the call. “And you are going to find that they are — which is totally illegal — it is more illegal for you than it is for them because, you know, what they did and you’re not reporting it. That’s a criminal, that’s a criminal offense. And you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and … your lawyer.”
Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Raffensperger said that “there may be a conflict of interest” that would inhibit any potential investigation given that the President personally spoke with him and recently had a conversation with the chief investigator in his office.