Georgia leaders reject Trump's push to overturn election results

Georgia leaders reject Trump’s push to overturn election results

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Washington — Georgia’s Republican leaders on Sunday rejected a call from President Trump to convene a special legislative session to overturn the results of the presidential election in the state as the president continues to falsely claim he defeated President-elect Joe Biden.

In a joint statement, Governor Brian Kemp and Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan said bringing together a special session of the Georgia General Assembly “in order to select a separate slate of presidential electors is not an option that is allowed under state or federal law.”

“The judicial system remains the only viable — and quickest — option in disputing the results of the November 3rd election in Georgia,” the two Republicans said.

Kemp and Duncan pointed out that under state law, the legislature can only change the method of selecting presidential voters if elections cannot be held on election days specified by federal law.

“Any attempt by the legislature to retroactively change that process for the November 3rd election would be unconstitutional and immediately enjoined by the courts, resulting in a long legal dispute and no short-term resolution,” they said.

After completing the manual re-ballot of the statewide presidential election, Georgia proved its election results last month, officially confirming Mr. Biden’s victory over Trump in the state. However, the president still claimed that the illegal votes were counted in Georgia and declared himself the winner, although Republican election officials said Mr. Biden eventually won the state election.

Efforts by Trump’s Republican allies to undo the legal challenges posed by the election results in Georgia have so far been unsuccessful.

Trump criticized Georgia’s leader in the election, tweeting on Saturday that Camp “should immediately request a special meeting of the legislature.” The president also called Camp on Saturday and Saturday, and the Georgia governor admitted on Twitter. The two spoke.

The Washington Post reported that during the conference call, the president urged Kemp to convince the Georgia legislature to overthrow Biden’s victory.

Mr. Trump’s effort to pressure Kemp is the latest in his attempts to reverse his election loss. Last month, he summoned Republican legislative leaders from Michigan to meet with him at the White House. But after the meeting, the lawmakers said they were not made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan, which Mr. Biden won.

The president-elect officially secured the Electoral College majority he needed to win the presidency last week, when California certified its election results.

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