Trump Just Got Caught Abusing His Power–Again (Video)

Republicans had an opportunity to remove Donald Trump from office a year ago.

Yet, despite incontrovertible evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress leading to Trump being the third president to be impeached, the Senate GOP overwhelmingly decided he was still fit to hold the nation’s highest office.

Fast forward one year.

Donald Trump has two weeks left in office.

One of the very crimes for which was impeached–abuse of power–he has just committed yet again.

In an explosive audiotaped conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this weekend that even Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein has called “far worse than Watergate,” Donald Trump is heard attempting to manipulate the final Georgia presidential election vote count.

In an hour-long telephone call, Trump demanded Raffenspergerfind 11,780 votes.”

When Raffensperger insisted the election’s result had been certified and there is no evidence of the foul play Trump claims must be the only reason for his defeat, Trump berated:

“There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes. You know what they did and you’re not reporting it. You know, that’s a criminal offense. And you know, you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan [Germany], your lawyer. That’s a big risk.”

He tried to appeal to the Secretary of State’s potential popularity with Georgia voters:

“You would be respected, really respected, if this can be straightened out before the election.”

Raffensperger’s steadfast response:

“Well, Mr President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”

The impeached President of the United States has committed yet another impeachable offense.

University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias explained:

“[Trump might be] in legal jeopardy after Biden is inaugurated. For example, if the justice department or US attorneys believe that Trump violated federal law or if local prosecutors in states, such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump may have engaged in similar behavior with state or local election officials, believe that Trump violated state election laws, the federal or state prosecutors could file suit against Trump.”

Richard H Pildes, New York University constitutional law professor, added:

“The president is either knowingly attempting to coerce state officials into corrupting the integrity of the election or is so deluded that he believes what he’s saying.”

Former Southern District of New York federal prosecutor said:

“Unless there are portions of the tape that somehow negate criminal intent, ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ and his threats against Raffensperger and his counsel violate 52 U.S. Code 20511.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics executive director Noah Bookbinder commented:

“The president of the United States has been caught on tape trying to rig a presidential election. This is a low point in American history and unquestionably impeachable conduct. It is incontrovertible and devastating. When the Senate acquitted President Trump for abusing his powers to try to get himself re-elected [in February 2020, regarding approaches to Ukraine for dirt on Biden], we worried that he would grow more brazen in his attempts to wrongly and illegally keep himself in power. He has…Congress must act immediately.”

Andrew Weissmann, former prosecutor with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, tweeted:

Democratic members of Congress are demanding immediate prosecution for election tampering.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) wrote:

“As members of Congress and former prosecutors, we believe Donald Trump engaged in solicitation of, or conspiracy to commit, a number of election crimes. We ask you to open an immediate criminal investigation into the president.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) added:

The question is, will they hold him accountable?

He is stoking potential conflict with Iran.

He has granted clemency to loyal sycophants, financial con artists like himself, and murderers.

He is already facing prison time for a slew of state and federal crimes, including tax, business, insurance, and election fraud.

A handful of loyal Senate Trumpists are attempting a possible coup d’etat during Wednesday’s joint session of Congress when lawmakers on Capitol Hill accept the Electoral College outcome.

Yet Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling said, “This is all easily, provably false. Yet, the president persists.”

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Ted Millar is writer and teacher. His work has been featured in myriad literary journals, including Better Than Starbucks, The Broke Bohemian, Straight Forward Poetry, Caesura, Circle Show, Cactus Heart, Third Wednesday, and The Voices Project. He is also a contributor to The Left Place blog on Substack, and Medium.