Two months ago, the far-left Washington Post reported that then-President Trump had asked a Georgia state elections official to “find the fraud” in a phone call with Frances Watson, chief investigator with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
The Post‘s headline read: “‘Find the fraud’: Trump pressured a Georgia elections investigator in a separate call legal experts say could amount to obstruction.” However, an audio recording which emerged last week, revealed that the 45th President did not say what the Post reported, and the publication issued a retraction admitting they “misquoted” the president.
Democrats, nonetheless, peddled the made-up Trump quote during the Senate impeachment trial in February–using it to smear former President Donald Trump.
In the House impeachment managers’ trial brief, Democrats claimed, “President Trump’s campaign to reverse the election results — and to keep himself in the White House — lasted through the days immediately preceding the assault on the Capitol. On December 23, for instance, President Trump reportedly called one of Georgia’s lead election investigators, urging him to ‘find the fraud’ and claiming that the official would be a ‘national hero’ if he did so.”
The brief cited the Washington Post’s article, which relied on a single anonymous source.
House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) cited the false quote in her oral argument before Senates during the impeachment trial. Continued Below
Rep. Dean said during the impeachment trial, “A few weeks later on December 23rd, Trump called the chief investigator for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, who was conducting an audit. An audit of the signature matching procedures for absentee ballots.”
“Trump urged him, ‘Find the fraud,’ and claimed the official would be a national hero if he did. Let’s call this what it is. He was asking the official to say there was evidence of fraud when there wasn’t any. The official refused and the investigation was completed,” she falsely claimed. Video Below
Rep. Madeleine Dean’s remarks during impeachment, citing the Washington Post’s retracted story:
FLASHBACK: Democrats used the fake Washington Post “find the fraud” quote that was retracted today in the Trump impeachment trial
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