By Charles Creitz, Edmund DeMarche
Gov. Brian Kemp, the Georgia Republican who has been fiercely criticized by President Trump over his approach to allegations of voter fraud in his state, said Thursday that new testimony has raised additional questions and a signature audit should be performed.
Kemp, who was interviewed on “The Ingraham Angle,” was referring to surveillance video that allegedly showed poll watchers being led out of a room at State Farm Arena, the state’s largest vote-counting center, after being told that the vote count was complete for the night. Once they left, a woman could be seen pulling out suitcases from underneath a table that allegedly contained ballots. The votes were allegedly counted for hours, with no election supervisors present, CBS46.com reported.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, tweeted, “SMOKING GUN FROM GEORGIA.’
Kemp told Ingraham that he has called for a signature audit, but the power in the state to make the order lies with the secretary of state’s office.
“I think it should be done. I think especially [given] what we saw today… it raises more questions,” he said.
Jenna Ellis, one of the lawyers on the Trump campaign’s legal team, responded to the Kemp interview on Twitter, “@TrumpTeam requested signature verification FIVE TIMES.”
Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the Republicans in the Georgia runoff, backed the president’s signature-matching demands last month and and have called for the resignation of Raffensperger. Raffensperger’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.
Trump took to Twitter late Thursday and said the best way for the two Republicans to win in the runoff election in the state on Jan. 5 is to “allow signature checks in the Presidential race,” which would ensure his own in the state.
Kemp told Ingraham, “I think in the next 24 hours, we will see a lot more from the hearings that the legislature had today and we will be able to look and see what the next steps are. That’s where we are now.”
Kemp has been severely criticized by Trump who said he was “ashamed” for endorsing him for governor. Kemp reflected in the interview on the intense criticism figures including the president and high-profile attorney Lin Wood Jr.
“Look, I’m frustrated like [Trump] is, a lot of people are,” said Kemp, who added he still supports the president and his policies. “Like he said, he’s a fighter, we had a few battles but nobody worked harder for Donald Trump before Nov. 3 and I continued to help his efforts in the legal campaign and I will continue to do that.”
Last week, Sidney Powell took to Twitter to post an open letter to Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger to request the Zoom meeting where state officials decided not to “perform a real audit” during the election recount.
The Trump team has questioned the validity of absentee ballots on the state that helped propel Joe Biden to a 12,670 vote victory in the Peach State, where 5 million ballots were cast.
By contrast, Kemp blasted Wood for opening the door to “give Democrats everything they want” by suppressing Republican turnout in the critical Jan. 5 elections.
“[Georgia] is literally the firewall,” he said. “I think we all have to pull together and figure out what we have got to do to ensure people that their votes are going to come. I believe it will and that’s why I’m working so hard for David [Perdue] and Kelly [Loeffler] and I will continue to do that.”