GA’s Gov. calls for audit of ballot signatures after ‘smoking gun’ surveillance video emerges
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp spoke with Laura Ingraham in an interview on Thursday and threw political shade at the secretary of state for not ordering a signature audit of ballots after a ‘smoking gun’ surveillance video emerged. Kemp has been roundly disparaged by President Trump over his approach to allegations of voter fraud in his state. Kemp did say that new testimony has raised additional questions and a signature audit should be performed.
Georgia’s Fulton County is the most populous in the state. Officials claimed it needed to stop counting absentee ballot overnight on November 3-4 because of a burst pipe. That turned out not to be true. Text messages emerged showing that nothing had burst. Instead, there was a quickly contained slow leak that didn’t even generate a work order. There was no burst pipe, and the counting didn’t stop.
In Kemp’s appearance on “The Ingraham Angle,” he referred to surveillance video which purportedly shows fraud taking place. It shows 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, people could be seen pulling out four suitcases that allegedly contained ballots from underneath tables.
The video shows that, for almost two hours, these workers counted the ballots they’d retrieved from the suitcases. The machines can process roughly 3,000 ballots per hour and there were multiple machines at work during those two unsupervised hours.
FINALLY Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is calling for a signature audit.
What took him so long???
This is BASIC election integrity ignored until now… pic.twitter.com/xK6fIJY2aj
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) December 4, 2020
#Developing: In light of Thursday’s bombshell allegations of fraud in #FultonCounty presented at a Senate hearing, @BrianKempGA called on @GaSecofState on National TV to conduct a signature verification audit of ballots. @GabrielSterling @cbs46 #Election2020 #gapol
— Adam Murphy (@MurphyCBS46) December 4, 2020
Rudy Giuliani tweeted out, “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. No such order has been called for yet by the secretary of state.
“I think it should be done. I think especially [given] what we saw today… it raises more questions,” Kemp said.
An attorney for the Trump campaign named Jenna Ellis responded to the Kemp interview on Twitter, “@TrumpTeam requested signature verification FIVE TIMES.”
Both of Georgia’s Republican senatorial candidates are supporting Trump’s signature-matching demands and are publically calling for the resignation of Raffensperger.
Trump stated on Thursday that 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 also allegedly validate Trump’s win in the state.
Kemp stated, “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.”
SMOKING GUN FROM GEORGIA
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 3, 2020
“WATCH: Video footage from Georgia shows suitcases filled with ballots pulled from under a table AFTER supervisors told poll workers to leave room and 4 people stayed behind to keep counting votes” https://t.co/zMejoys7Lc
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 3, 2020
President Trump has previously said that he is “ashamed” for endorsing Kemp for governor. Kemp says he realizes that the president is upset with him and he supports Trump. But he says he is following the law and doing what he has to do for the people of Georgia.
“Look, I’m frustrated like [Trump] is, a lot of people are,” said Kemp. “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 sent an open letter to Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger via Twitter to request the Zoom meeting where state officials decided not to “perform a real audit” during the election recount.
Caught on candid camera…
Fulton County supervisors in Georgia tell poll workers, press and observers to leave the room…
And then pull out SUITCASES of ballots.
Say it with me… F R A U D.
WHERE IS THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE?”pic.twitter.com/1Nc8cZqGXA
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) December 3, 2020
Georgia is a key battleground state where the Trump team has questioned the validity of absentee ballots that helped Joe Biden allegedly win a 12,670 vote victory in the state where 5 million ballots were cast.
Kemp slammed attorney Lin Wood for opening the door to “give Democrats everything they want” by suppressing Republican turnout in the critical Jan. 5 elections. That move could potentially cost the Republicans the Senate handing full control of two branches of the federal government to the Democrats… the executive and legislative branches.
“[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.”