Former President Donald Trump says he won’t hold a news conference next week to show what he says is new “evidence” of fraud in Georgia’s 2020 presidential race, even though no fraud has ever been proven. He is doing this on the advice of his lawyers as he prepares to stand trial in two criminal cases that stem from his election lies. Even though Trump’s claims are false, in the two and a half years since the election in Georgia and elsewhere, no strong proof of the widespread fraud he says happened has come to light. Republicans in the state have said for a long time that he lost fairly, and three recounts in the state proved that President Joe Biden won.
“Rather than releasing the Report on the Rigged and Stolen Georgia 2020 Presidential Election on Monday, my lawyers would rather put this, I believe, irrefutable and overwhelming evidence of Election Fraud and Irregularities in formal Legal Filings as we fight to dismiss this disgraceful Indictment,” Trump wrote on his social media site Thursday to explain his change of heart. Trump said he would hold the event just hours after a Georgia grand jury decided late Monday to charge him and others in what they say was a wide-ranging plot to illegally change the results of the 2020 election and stop the peaceful transfer of power.
He had said that he would use the “major news conference” at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club on Monday morning to share what he said was a “almost complete” report that would clear him. Federal and state poll officials, as well as Trump’s own attorney general, have said that there is no good proof that the election was rigged. The former president’s claims of theft were also thrown out by courts, including ones that Trump himself chose.
After the election, three recounts were done in Georgia, which is the state at the center of his new charge. Each of these recounts showed that he lost to Biden. Advisors have been telling the former president for a long time that, as he runs for re-election, he should spend less time talking about how upset he is about the 2020 election and more time talking about his plans for the future. Even though this kind of talk gets his loyal fans excited, it turns off more moderate and independent voters and is often criticized in interviews by longtime Trump backers who say it’s time to move on.
But the charges against him have made things much worse. The federal judge in Washington who is in charge of the election plot case against Trump told him last week that there are limits to what he can say about the evidence in the case while he is running for a second term as president.
The judge said that the more “inflammatory” comments are made about the case, the more urgent it will be for her to get to trial quickly to avoid intimidating witnesses or tainting the jury pool.
She said, “I will do whatever is necessary to protect the case’s integrity.” Still, Trump has made it clear that he thinks the cases against him in Georgia and Washington are a chance to try to prove again that his false claims are true.
Trump’s Renewed Critique of Georgia’s Vote Sparks Swift Republican Response
This week, Trump attacked the fairness of Georgia’s vote again, which drew quick criticism from the state’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp. Kemp was one of the people Trump had tried to get to change his loss in Georgia, which is a swing state. “Georgia’s 2020 election was not stolen. Kemp wrote on X, the site that used to be called Twitter, that anyone with proof of theft has failed to come forward under oath and show anything in a court of law for almost three years.
This was also said by former Vice President Mike Pence, who is now running against Trump for the Republican nomination. Trump had tried to get Pence to change the election results on his own. He said this week, “The Georgia election wasn’t stolen, and I didn’t have the right to throw out the results on January 6.”
Trump is the first former president in U.S. history to be indicted. He is also facing criminal charges in Florida and New York. In Florida, he is accused of mishandling classified documents and trying to stop an investigation. In New York, he is accused of paying women hush money during his 2016 campaign.
Source: ABC News