Another recording of former President Donald Trump in contact with a top official in Georgia politics and pressuring that political figure to essentially commit election fraud has been revealed, although it doesn’t appear the recording itself is available publicly.
The call was between the then-president and David Ralston, who has since died but at that point in late 2020 was the Speaker of the state House. Trump was pressuring Ralston for a special session of the state legislature at which lawmakers could’ve taken action to basically send Biden’s win off the metaphorical tracks. Whether in Trump’s comments about what he wanted Pence to do or the infamously drafted letter meant for Georgia officials from Jeffrey Clark at the Justice Department or even the messaging campaigns in which Ginni Thomas participated, pressure for state legislators to take action — sometimes contravening or at least without the involvement of other officials — was a consistent theme of pushes from Trump and allies of his after the 2020 election.
The recording of Trump speaking with Ralston was reportedly heard by members of the special grand jury that recently concluded its work on the criminal investigation in Georgia by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis into attempts to meddle with the presidential election results on Trump’s behalf after the 2020 race. One of the members of that jury interviewed for a new article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described that recording as showing Ralston as very forceful in his responses to the then-president. Ralston “basically cut the president off,” they explained. “He said, ‘I will do everything in my power that I think is appropriate.’.. He just basically took the wind out of the sails… ‘Well, thank you,’ you know, is all the president could say.”
The call, of course, mirrors a conversation Trump had with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Donald pushed the still serving Georgia official for action on the results. In Willis’s investigation, decisions on indictments following the recommendations prepared by the special grand jury — but mostly kept secret — remain forthcoming as Trump faces a tidal wave of legal problems.