The Georgia Republican Party is demanding answers from top officials behind the leak of fraudulent quotes from President Trump in relation to a call with the state’s top election officials. Initially, reports began to circulate that Trump has made comments to Frances Watson to “find the fraud” and said that the investigator would be a “national hero” if she complied. However, Trump never said those things on the phone call once a recording of the full conversation was released.
The State Executive Committee of the Georgia GOP passed a resolution last week calling for an investigation into Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs, Secretary of State chief investigator Frances Watson, and others over the scandal.
The Daily Wire reports:
“The State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party hereby calls on the Office of the Inspector General of State of Georgia and the appropriate legislative committees of the Georgia General Assembly to investigate the governmental personnel involved in the” recording, leaking, and attempted destruction of a Dec. 23 phone call between Trump and Watson, the resolution says.
“The State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party hereby calls on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to issue a statement repudiating the reported aforementioned misrepresentation and attempted destruction of evidence and to relieve from power those engaged in this conduct no later than March 24, 2021,” it continues.
Fuchs defended her actions in a statement to the Post’s media critic Eric Wemple.
“I believe the story accurately reflected the investigator’s interpretation of the call. The only mistake here was in the direct quotes, and they should have been more of a summary,” Fuchs said. “I think it’s pretty absurd for anybody to suggest that the president wasn’t urging the investigator to ‘find the fraud.’ These are quotes that [Watson] told me at the time.”
The Washington Post first reported the story with an anonymous source providing the fabricated quotes. The publication recently released a correction to the story but the damage had already been done.
Listen to the actual called between Trump and Watson Here.