A federal prosecutor in Georgia who was installed by President Donald Trump has reportedly dismissed the president’s election fraud allegations, telling staff members on Monday that there appears to be “nothing for them.”
In a conference call with staff members, a recording of which was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Acting U.S. Attorney General for the Northern District of Georgia, Bobby Christine, admitted that he had dismissed two cases of electoral fraud on his first day of work.
“I would love to stand out around the corner and shout that, and I can’t,” Christine reportedly said on the call. “But I can tell you that I closed the two more – I don’t know, I guess you would call them high profile or the two most pressing electoral issues in this office.”
“I said I believe, as a lot of people around the table believed, there is nothing to them,” he added.
Christine’s office declined to comment.
Trump picked Christine to head the U.S. attorney’s office after his predecessor, BJay Pak, was forced to resign because the president didn’t think he was doing enough to investigate voter fraud. (The justice ministry and electoral officials across the country have found no evidence of widespread electoral fraud or irregularities in the count.)
During Monday’s call, Christine reportedly said she was surprised to find so few election-related cases on her desk when she took office last week.
“Frankly, watching TV you would assume you have election cases stacked from floor to ceiling,” Christine reportedly said. “I’m so happy to find out that’s not the case, but I didn’t know how to come.”
Trump has denounced election officials across the country, with a particular focus on Georgia, a state he won in 2016 but narrowly lost to President-elect Joe Biden in November. In an hour-long phone call on January 2, Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, to reverse Biden’s victory in the state.
“We won this election in Georgia,” Trump falsely claimed during the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, Brad. You know, I mean, having the right one – the Georgian people are angry. … and there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, that you recalculated.
Raffensperger can be heard pushing back pressure from Trump, telling the president that the data he used to support his claims is “false.”
“All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Trump told Raffensperger at another point in the conversation.
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