New Tapes Show Trump Needs To Be Criminally Charged In Michigan
New tapes of Trump pressuring Wayne County, Michigan election officials not to certify the 2020 election results must result in criminal charges
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Trump Caught On Tape Personally Pressuring Michigan Election Officials
Donald Trump frequently claims that his phone calls are perfect. He claimed that the phone call that was used as evidence in his first impeachment that he attempted to extort Ukraine by withholding congressionally appropriated aid was perfect.
The now-former president also claimed that tapes of him pressuring Georgia election officials that are part of the evidence that resulted in him being criminally charged in the state were also perfect.
Neither of those previous calls could have the same degree of impact as the tapes of Trump directly and personally pressuring election officials in Wayne County, Michigan.
On a Nov. 17, 2020, phone call, which also involved Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, Trump told Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two GOP Wayne County canvassers, they'd look "terrible" if they signed the documents after they first voted in opposition and then later in the same meeting voted to approve certification of the county’s election results, according to the recordings.
"We've got to fight for our country," said Trump on the recordings, made by a person who was present for the call with Palmer and Hartmann. "We can't let these people take our country away from us."
McDaniel, a Michigan native and the leader of the Republican Party nationally, said at another point in the call, "If you can go home tonight, do not sign it. ... We will get you attorneys."
To which Trump added: "We'll take care of that."
Trump is claiming presidential immunity for the call, but those claims have already been rejected by other courts.
The reporting on the tapes could not come at a worse time for Trump in Michigan as we will talk about below.