The new acting U.S. prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia, whose predecessor resigned after angering President Trump for not pursuing the president’s false theories of electoral fraud, told colleagues this week that there was “ just nothing to ” some of the most high-profile election frauds. case in front of his desk, according to a recording of a conference call obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Comments on a conference call Monday by interim prosecutor Bobby L. Christine came after the president and his allies continued a two-month pressure campaign on Georgian officials, in which they laid baseless accusations electoral fraud as they searched for a way to undo Mr. Trump’s loss in the state.
Mr Christine told lawyers in his office who were on the phone that he could not find any evidence of electoral fraud to prosecute and that he had closed two cases. “I would love to stand out around the corner and shout that, and I can’t,” he said, according to the newspaper. “But I can tell you that I closed the two more – I don’t know, I guess you would call them high profile or the two most pressing electoral issues this office has.” I said I believe, as a lot of people around the table believed, there is nothing for them.
Mr Christine’s predecessor, Byung J. Pak, abruptly resigned on January 4. Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue had informed Mr. Pak that Mr. Trump was unhappy with his efforts to investigate the president’s allegations.
Mr Trump also declared his frustration with Mr Pak, a fellow Republican, during a phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which the President complained that Mr Pak was “never a Trumper ”.
When a senior prosecutor resigns, the first deputy of that office usually takes over. The appointment of Mr. Christine, the US attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, to take on Mr. Pak’s role in the Atlanta area on an interim basis has raised concerns about further political interference. Mr. Christine was appointed to the Southern District position by Mr. Trump and donated to Mr. Trump’s campaign.