ATLANTA — President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Thursday accused Georgia’s top elected officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, of participating in a cover up to hide massive voter fraud, an accusation that drew a sharp rebuke from the governor’s office.
For the second time in a week, Rudy Guiliani and Trump’s legal team appeared before Georgia lawmakers looking into election integrity issues, though this time, Guiliani appeared virtually as he is recovering from contracting COVID-19.
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Guilani and the other attorneys once again showed lawmakers video from State Farm Arena they claim shows Fulton County elections workers illegally counting ballots, an accusation debunked by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office earlier this week.
Guiliani accused Georgia Democrats of being involved in a nationwide conspiracy to throw the election for Joe Biden, but then he accused Georgia’s top elected officials of participating in a cover up. He did not offer up any evidence to support his accusations.
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“It’s bad enough it’s the Democratic Party covering it up,” Guiliani said. “It’s absolutely worse that your Republican governor, Republican lieutenant governor, and Republican secretary of state persist in a cover up of what is a crime in plain sight.”
Kemp’s office was quick to rebuke those accusations.
“It is ironic that those asking the Governor to break the law by overturning the election now falsely accuse state leaders of covering up a crime,” said Kemp Spokesman Cody Hall. “As the Governor has said repeatedly, all evidence of election irregularities must be reported to the appropriate authorities and fully investigated. These baseless and senseless attacks do not help us get any closer to a resolution of these important issues.”
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston blasted Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for not appearing at the House committee hearing Thursday and said he would begin work to change Georgia’s Constitution to change the Secretary of State’s office from an elected position to one appointed by the General Assembly, an idea already drawing criticism from Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization.