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Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers

Added 11-30-20 01:58:02pm EST - “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's (R) office on Monday rejected President Trump's call for him to "overrule" his secretary of state.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump: 'I'm ashamed that I endorsed' Kemp in Georgia Trump addresses pandemic but not election during annual turkey pardon Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' MORE’s (R) office on Monday rejected President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE’s call for him to “overrule” his secretary of state. 

In a statement to the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Kemp spokesperson said that “Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in election” after Trump in messages on Twitter questioned why the “hapless” governor was not interceding on his behalf.

“The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order,” Kemp’s communication’s director Cody Hall said.

"As the Governor has said repeatedly, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps - including a sample audit of signatures - to restore trust and address serious issues that have been raised.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, who is also a Republican, said in November that Republicans, including Trump ally and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamIs Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE (R), had pressured him to exclude ballots as part of an effort to swing the state's election to Trump. Graham denied the charge.

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