Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday mentioned he spoke to election officers in at the very least two different states—Arizona and Nevada— Joe Biden gained along with Georgia, whose Republican secretary of state accused Graham of urging him to throw out authorized ballots.
Graham instructed reporters on Tuesday that he spoke to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, and an election official in Nevada – not the secretaries of state of Arizona and Nevada, as has been reported – in response to HuffPost and NBC News.
The admission comes after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, additionally a Republican, alleged Graham requested if there have been avenues for discarding all mail-in ballots in sure counties of the state.
Graham confirmed the decision however disputed Raffensperger’s framing of it, telling the reporters the suggestion he urged Raffensperger to throw out authorized ballots is “ridiculous” and stating he was “surprised to hear him characterize it that way.”
“The implication is look hard and see how many ballots you can throw,” Raffensperger shot again in a CNN look on Monday.
Raffensperger was backed up on Tuesday by Georgia’s voting system implementation supervisor Gabriel Sterling, a Republican and self-described conservative who instructed reporters the decision went down the trail of throwing out ballots in complete counties.
The Associated Press has referred to as Nevada and Arizona for Biden, the place he leads by 34,000 and 10,000 votes respectively. He additionally holds a lead of 14,000 votes in Georgia, which is present process a recount. Trump has launched largely unsuccessful authorized efforts in all three states, and others, in an effort to beat Biden’s appreciable vote-leads. Graham has defended the lawsuits and refused to acknowledge Biden because the president-elect till Trump concedes.
$500,000. That’s how a lot of his marketing campaign cash Graham instructed Fox News he would donate to Trump’s authorized protection fund final Tuesday. Graham additionally donated $1 million to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeting, “majority control of the US Senate comes down to the 2 runoff elections in GA.” Given that Republicans have already got 50 seats, the tweet seems to acknowledge Democrat Kamala Harris as vice president-elect and the tie-breaking vote within the Senate.
Non-partisan ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington referred to as Raffensperger’s allegations in opposition to Graham “appalling” in an announcement, accusing Graham of making an attempt to commit election fraud and stating, “Senator Graham should step down from his chairmanship immediately.”