President Donald Trump reaffirmed his innocence after the Georgia grand jury released a snippet of its final report into the criminal probe of Trump and his allies.
The president defended his calls with Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger, attesting he “did absolutely nothing wrong.”
“The long awaited important sections of the Georgia report, which do not even mention President Trump’s name, have nothing to do with the President because President Trump did absolutely nothing wrong,” an official statement from President Trump revealed Thursday.
The criminal investigation into President Trump by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis stems from a January 2021 election integrity phone call between the president and Raffensperger, the National Review reported. Trump allegedly prompted Raffensperger to “find” more votes, which would have changed the presidential election results of the state.
Trump has strongly denied any wrongdoing.
“The President participated in two perfect phone calls regarding election integrity in Georgia, which he is entitled to do – in fact, as President, it was President Trump’s Constitutional duty to ensure election safety, security, and integrity,” the statement continued, maintaining that the calls were above suspicion.
He continued, “Between the two calls, there were many officials and attorneys on the line, including the Secretary of State of Georgia, and no one objected, even slightly protested, or hung up.”
According to The Epoch Times, audio portions of the hour-long conversation were then released by The Washington Post, disclosing President Trump’s claims of serious voting irregularities in the state, which Raffensperger denied.
Prior to the release of the conversation, President Trump tweeted: “I spoke to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger yesterday about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia. He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the ‘ballots under table’ scam, ballot destruction, out of state ‘voters’, dead voters, and more. He has no clue!”
Nonetheless, portions of the grand jury’s much-awaited final report were made public Thursday, revealing that out of the 75 witnesses that gave sworn testimony, some may have committed perjury, Reuters reported.
“A majority of the Grand Jury believes that perjury may have been committed by one or more witnesses testifying before it,” the report stated. “The Grand Jury recommends that the District Attorney seek appropriate indictments for such crimes where the evidence is compelling.”
Despite claims of perjury, neither President Trump nor any witnesses were named in the report, according to Reuters.