Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME.) yesterday joined a resolution introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA). to censure and condemn President Donald J. Trump for attempting to overturn the results of the November 2020 presidential election in the State of Georgia. The resolution was cosponsored by more than 90 members of the House of Representatives.
“President Trump lost the November election by seven (7) million votes and his failed attempts to overturn the will of the voters is reprehensible. An American President has never so aggressively abused his office to cling to power. President Trump’s clear intimidation of Georgia’s top election official and overall contempt for our free elections is a stain on the presidency that will not be easily erased. Congress must take action in both – both by condeming his abuse of power and voting to accept all electors legally and properly certified by their states,” said Congresswoman Pingree in a press release issued yesterday.
On Saturday, January 2, 2021, President Trump called Georgia’s Secretary of State and asked him to illegally fabricate the votes needed for him to win the Georgia vote count. On Sunday, January 3, 2021, the entire audio of the call was reported in “The Washington Post.” The call lasted more than an hour and involved the President suggesting vague threats of criminal prosecution if Secretary Raffensperger didn’t cooperate. Representative Johnson moved quickly to condemn President Trump’s criminal actions and denounce his flagrant attempts to defraud a legal, fair and free election,” concluded the press release from Congresswoman Pingree’s office.
President Trump called the Georgia Secretary of State on January 2, 2021 and said to him: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” This remark and others were heard on a recording of the call made by the Secretary’s staff and made public following its conclusion.