The bombshell report about Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this weekend, and the subsequent audio that is available to the public, likely amounts to felony election tampering, according to legal experts. This is what happens after years of pushing the rules to the limits without being held accountable. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.


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Uh, by now, unless of course you’ve spent the last few days, just absolutely disconnected from the news in any way. I’m sure everybody knows about Donald Trump’s call with Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. And if you don’t, here’s the quick refresher Donald Trump made a call to Georgia secretary of state, Brad Ravensburger on Saturday Raffensperger recorded the call. It was given to the new you, uh, Washington post, excuse me. Uh, they released it. The call in its entirety over an hour long were Donald Trump repeatedly told Georgia officials, including Raffensperger himself, that, uh, you got to go find 11,000 votes for me, basically telling him y’all need to go out there, do whatever you have to do, but you’re going to find 11,000 votes and I’m going to win the state. He repeatedly said on the call that he did in fact, when the state by thousands and thousands and thousands of votes. So he’s not sure what they’re doing. Raffensperger corrected him and said, sir, you know, with all due respect, your data’s wrong. Don’t know what you’re talking about, but that’s not what happened here in Georgia. Uh, he said, you got to do signature match. And he said, sir, we’ve done that. We’ve done the audits. We’ve done the recounts. We’ve literally done everything you’ve accused us of not doing. And every time we do it, uh, you lose again.

George Conway, the husband, uh, former Trump counsel, uh, counselor Kellyanne Conway came out yesterday and pointed out the fact that what Donald Trump has done in this call is a felony. It is felony election tampering and George Conway, who, again, I don’t agree with, I am not a fan in any way of the Lincoln project. Uh, but Conway did do a good job here because he actually pointed out the, the part of the U S code where Donald Trump broke the law. And here it is, uh, according to 52, us code two zero five one, one to be a person, including an elected official, who in any way, uh, who, who in any election for federal office knowingly and willfully deprives defrauds or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a state of a fair and impartially conducted election process by a, the procurement or submission of voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the state, in which the election is held, or B the procurement casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the state, in which the election is held, uh, shall be fine in accordance with title 18, which fines shall be paid into the general fund of the treasury miscellaneous receipts pursuant to section 33 Oh two of title 31, not withstanding any other law or imprisoned, not one, not more excuse me than five years or both.

So, uh, pardon my screw-ups in the reading of that, but let’s just boil it down this way. Yes. With Donald Trump does, uh, did, in that phone would fit under those criteria. Therefore it is a prosecutable offense and the president himself could be subjected to a fine or up to five years in prison or both. Here’s the problem In order for any of that to happen, Joe Biden’s administration, his department of justice is going to have to pursue this, or the state of Georgia would have to pursue this. George is controlled by Republicans. We know that ensure they have run a foul of Donald Trump. They’re not a big fan of big fans of him anymore. He has publicly attack them. He has privately attacked him. He attacked Raffenspergerr on that phone call with Raffensperger in between, by the way, flattering him like he would flatter him. Then he would attack him. Then he’d flatter him. It’s ridiculous. Trump’s insane. So are these Republicans willing to do what Joe Biden? Isn’t, it’s cut and dry. We have the full unedited version of that phone call. I know some Republicans out there saying, well, you’re going to lose the whole thing they did. And they released a transcript in case you don’t want to listen to it. You just want to read it. It’s all out there from start to finish. There are no excuses. Trump broke the law. Will he ever, ever be held accountable for it is the only question that remains.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced