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Rudolph Giuliani lets loose with election fraud claims at a Georgia House hearing on Dec. 10, 2020.

Georgia lawmakers hosted former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on Thursday for a second time to air unchecked claims of fraud in Georgia’s presidential election.

Giuliani, who is President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, rolled out witnesses and experts involved in a lawsuit to overturn the election results at a Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

Many of those same witnesses spoke before a state Senate Judiciary subcommittee last Thursday, during which Giuliani urged the panel’s mostly Republican lawmakers to appoint electors to the Electoral College who would cast Georgia’s 16 electoral votes in Trump’s favor next week.

Representatives from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office did not attend Thursday’s hearing, citing ongoing litigation. Raffensperger and his deputies have repeatedly sought to debunk claims of machines flipping votes and alleged mail-in ballot fraud spread by Trump and his allies.

Certified election results that have undergone two recounts since mid-November show Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden in Georgia by 11,779 votes. Trump has called the election “rigged” and pressured Gov. Brian Kemp to overturn the results in Georgia.

Speaking on video after contracting COVID-19, Giuliani hurled accusations of fraud that no court in Georgia has found valid so far and said Atlanta election workers shown in a controversial surveillance video “look like they’re passing out dope, not just ballots.”

“Every single vote should be taken away from Biden,” Giuliani said.

At one point, Giuliani could be heard in the background of Thursday’s hearing telling his legal team to send a video of election activities in Coffee County to right-wing news outlets Newsmax and One America News Network.

Georgia's election system manager, Gabriel Sterling held a news conference Thursday afternoon to debunk many of the fraud claims made at the House hearing. He said the hearing format worsens doubt in the state's election integrity since the claims do not face real questioning.

“Giving oxygen to this continued disinformation is leading to a continuing erosion of people’s belief in our elections and our processes," Sterling said.

Democratic lawmakers condemned Thursday’s hearing, calling it a sham put on by Republicans to stir emotions among Trump’s base of supporters rather than probe any actual election irregularities.

“This is an embarrassing day in Georgia House of Representatives history,” said state Rep. Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs.

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Josh McLaurin

The hearing came as lawmakers gear up to propose revisions for Georgia’s absentee voter ID laws when the General Assembly meets for the 2021 legislative session starting next month.

The Georgia Senate Republican Caucus has already called for requiring photo identification to vote by mail, banning absentee-ballot drop boxes and eliminating the ability of Georgians to request a mail-in ballot without a reason.

(2) comments

Robo40

Not sure I believe much of this. But every Georgia citizen that filled out an affidavit with election issues should be heard. I doubt it will change the results. But it is NOT enough for the SOS or his colleagues to just say there is nothing to most of it. If a Georgia citizen is willing to fill out an affidavit and swear under penalty of perjury so should those that provide the explanations or answers. If ONE Georgia citizen was a victim of fraud it should be remedied. For instance, the college student who tried to vote in person in November only to find out someone had already voted on her behalf via absentee ballot. It appeared the Democrat and Republican Georgia Legislature believed her and hopefully give her some justice. Republicans hold the line. Vote, Vote, Vote!

CC

Many of the affidavits are of this variety: "I heard a guy saying that he heard someone talking about seeing something that may have been fraud." If a person did hear somebody say that & filled out an affidavit to that effect, there is no penalty for perjury for that person, even if there is no evidence of fraud. But, that doesn't mean that affidavit, with no supporting evidence, indicates fraud. Should valid allegations of fraud be investigated? Absolutely. Most of them actually have, it's just that some refuse to believe the results of those investigations. Should a few valid allegations of fraud be grounds for delaying validating election results if those allegations would not change the outcome? Absolutely not. We should believe the overwhelming evidence presented by officials on both sides: This was the most secure election in U.S. history.

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