Who is Ray Smith? Lawyer for former President Donald Trump indicted in election interference case

ATLANTA — A Georgia grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump and 18 of his allies, including one of his attorneys Ray Smith.

Ray Smith appeared before a state Senate subcommittee investigating allegations of massive voter fraud just week after the Nov. 2020 election.

He’d been hired by then-President Donald Trump to be his local attorney of record.

“My name is Ray Smith. I am honored to be lead counsel in Georgia for Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States,” he said, introducing himself to the committee.

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During that hearing, Smith testified that more than 130,000 illegal votes had been cast during the 2020 presidential election -- something disproven time and time again by multiple state and federal investigation.

But Smith testified to it, nonetheless.

“2,506 felons voted illegally in Georgia,” Smith said. “10,315 or more individuals to vote who were deceased by the time of the election.15,700 to vote in Georgia who filed a national change of address form with the Postal Service prior to Nov. 3, 2020.


The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office investigated every one of these claims and found none of them to be true.

As trump’s Georgia attorney, Smith showed up again days later at the so-called false electors meeting observing as those electors cast their ballots for Trump even as the legal electors were upstairs casting their ballots for Joe Biden.

During the senate subcommittee hearing, he repeated the false belief that the legislature had the legal authority to toss out the popular vote and replace it with their own -- something legal experts, including the governor’s own general counsel, insisted just was not true.

“That is why the election must be vacated and cannot be allowed to stand, and that is why the Georgia legislature must exercise and fulfill its duties under the U.S. constitution, the Georgia constitution and Georgia law,” Smith said.

The Jan. 6 Committee said this was all part of a larger failed conspiracy to get legislatures in key states like Georgia to send an alternate slate of electors to Washington.

“The Georgia legislature must appoint the presidential electors to meet on Dec. 14, 2020. That is your duty to the people of Georgia, to the United States. You must determine the presidential electors,” Smith testified.

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