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Trump’s Alleged Election Interference: Recorded Call Raises Concerns Over Michigan Certification Pressure

Recent reporting by The Detroit News has brought to light a recorded phone call in November 2020, where former President Donald Trump allegedly pressured two members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in Michigan not to sign the election certification.

This revelation bears similarities to a situation in Fulton County, Georgia, where Trump reportedly urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021 to “find 11,780 votes” to alter the electoral outcome.

In the recorded call with Michigan election officials, Trump emphasized the need to “fight for our country” and cautioned against certifying the election results, asserting they would look “terrible” if they did so, as legally required. The call also included Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who advised against signing and promised legal assistance.

Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two canvassers, initially refused to certify the votes in Wayne County, Michigan’s largest, on that November night. This refusal prevented the county from officially declaring the election winner. They later relented under mounting pressure.

The recorded call is expected to play a role in the federal investigation into Trump’s alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. In August, Trump faced four criminal indictments, including charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The indictment suggests Trump was determined to remain in power after losing the election, spreading false claims of election fraud.

Additionally, Trump faced a separate indictment in Georgia, charged with 13 felony counts related to racketeering, solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, conspiracy, forgery, filing false documents, and false statements and writings.

The Georgia investigation focuses on Trump’s actions after losing the popular vote in the state and the infamous call to Raffensperger, urging him to find votes to change the outcome.

As these legal proceedings unfold, they underscore the intense scrutiny surrounding Trump’s conduct post-election and its potential impact on the democratic process. The recorded call in Michigan adds another layer to the ongoing investigations, raising concerns about the integrity of the electoral system and the role of elected officials in safeguarding the democratic process.

Rhiannon Ingle
Rhiannon Ingle
Journalist at the Medialinker Group
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