According to documents obtained by American Oversight, former Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ aide Cassidy Hutchinson contacted Georgia’s Deputy Sec. of State Jordan Fuchs on Dec. 30 to attempt to influence other members of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s (R-GA) team. At one point Meadows actually went down to Georgia to visit with Georgia Chief Investigator Frances Watson.
As Daily Boulder previously reported, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) first contacted fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, at the end of November to talk to him about the election.
Graham defended his call saying that he only talked to Raffensperger about signature verification. “Right now a single person verifies signatures and I suggested as you go forward can you change it to make sure that a bipartisan team verifies signatures and if there is a dispute, come up with an appeals process,” Graham claimed.
On January 3, the Washington Post released an audio recording of then-president Trump urging Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in an extraordinary one-hour phone call Saturday that legal scholars described as a flagrant abuse of power and a potential criminal act.
American Oversight also noted that on Dec. 23, then-President Trump called Watson to pressure her directly and find “the right answer.”
At some point, Georgia officials began recording the phone calls and after denials from the Trump White House and Trump allies, they released the recordings.
Those calls are now part of the evidence in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation.
Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti says it is for Hutchinson to hire a defense lawyer:
This aide is going to need a lawyer. She should expect to receive a grand jury subpoena, given that the Fulton County DA is investigating this entire affair. https://t.co/NlEeEvVKaL
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 11, 2021