It seems there isn’t a such factor as electoral fraud in Georgia. Shock!
Following the Democratic polls in Georgia, Republican officials are trying to tighten electoral laws to prevent a repeat of the supposedly massive electoral fraud they claim took place during this cycle. At the same time, Trump’s hand-picked Peach State scammer, acting US attorney for the Georgia Northern District, Bobby Christine, privately admits to his staff that there is indeed no fraud at all. Ooopsie!
“Honestly, if you were just watching TV you’d assume you had campaigns piled from floor to ceiling,” Christine said Monday during a call Monday to lawyers for the Northern District Office, which was included in the Atlanta Journal’s constitution. “I’m so glad to find out that wasn’t the case, but I didn’t know I was coming in.”
Why exactly he didn’t know it was coming in isn’t clear – the governor and secretary of state have been saying so for weeks, as have the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the FBI. Did he think officials in his own state were lying about easily verifiable factual and legal issues?
It is also not clear why he did not make his findings public, especially when the integrity of the ballot is a matter of such grave national concern. Did he miss the whole violent riot last week by people who were led to believe that this election was somehow stolen?
“I’d like to stand out on the corner and shout this, and I can’t,” Christine told the staff at the office he had just taken over, without explaining why it is precisely impossible to relieve the public of dangerous misunderstandings about this Presidential election. Bill Barr was able to come out and publicly state that there was no rampant fraud and nothing bad was happening … Oh, well, there it is.
Last week, President Trump abruptly brushed aside US attorney for the northern Georgia district, Byung J. “BJay” Pak, and replaced him with Bobby Christine, the US attorney for the southern Georgia district. Just hours after the infamous phone call in which the President pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes, that’s one more than us” and called Pak “your never-dreading US attorney there,” Pak gave an email to his colleagues announcing that his planned resignation on January 20 was canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
According to the Wall Street Journal, those “unforeseen circumstances” were that the president was pissed off that he would not arrest anyone for election fraud.
A senior Justice Department official called Trump-appointed US attorney Byung J. Pak at the behest of the White House late on January 3. On that call, the official said Mr Trump was angry, there was no investigation into election fraud and that the President wanted to fire Mr Pak, people said.
Christine bypassed the first assistant, Kurt Erskine, and was assigned “on the President’s written orders” to lead both offices at the same time, which raised the suspicion on these pages and elsewhere that something corrupt was going on. In fact, Christine showed up within two days, followed by two electoral lawyers from his own smaller office and an outside lawyer with experience in prosecuting corruption.
“Mr. Pak’s forced resignation against the backdrop of the White House’s insistence on prosecuting alleged electoral violations is followed by the curious appointment of an outsider who immediately calls in electoral attorneys from outside the district – all leading to a conclusion the newcomers are willing to pursue You, which was worrying enough to make Mr. Pak resign, “John Horn, former US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, told the Washington Post.
“I don’t come here to be an electoral lawyer. I’m not coming here for this purpose, ”Christine assured the attorneys cheerfully, even though he had met with the FBI, GBI and DHS on his first day in Atlanta to review the bureau’s handling of the election cases.
When asked why Erskine was not allowed to take over, as was customary, Christine replied: “I don’t think I’ll get involved with this question. I appreciate you asking. I can see why you would ask, but I won’t go into that. “That was undoubtedly comforting to the staff attorneys, wondering exactly what mess they have between Monday and whenever Joe Biden manages to get someone into the northern and southern counties of Georgia.
TL, DR? Just because the coup didn’t work doesn’t mean it wasn’t damned corrupt.
Trump’s election for US attorney in Georgia rejects election fraud claims: “You just have nothing to do” [AJC]
The White House forced the US attorney from Georgia to resign [WSJ]
US Attorney in Georgia: “There’s Just Nothing To” Allegations of Election Fraud [WaPo]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.