resident Donald Trump’s attempt to pressure Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” him votes to help him win the state is an “impeachable offense,” according to a number of lawmakers, legal scholars and ethics organizations.
Later in the call, Trump said he wanted Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes” for him to add to his official tally — a total that would put him exactly one vote ahead of Biden’s win margin in the state in November’s election.
Indeed, per 52 U.S. Code 20511, a person has violated federal law, and is subject to a prison sentence, if they or others “knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by…the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) also said that Trump’s conduct was criminal, and warranted a second impeachment.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) executive director Noah Bookbinder agreed with those sentiments, saying in a statement that Trump “has been caught on tape trying to rig a presidential election.”