Something is fishy in the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office
The source for the Washington PostThe fake quotes were also recorded on Jan. 2, sources say.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 4: Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s manager for the implementation of the voting system, speaks during a press conference about Georgia’s alleged electoral irregularities at the Georgia State Capitol on January 4, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. In a one-hour phone call with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s Foreign Secretary, President Trump asked him to undo his defeat in November’s election to President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images)
Two recordings of conversations between President Trump and officials in the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office are controversial amid growing controversy. Both played a major role in sparking a narrative about Trump trying to steal the election by throwing ballot papers.
The first was done on December 23rd, but it wasn’t released until last week in the Wall Street Journal. This recording triggered a mammoth correction from the Washington Post, who falsely reported in her original story that Trump told investigator Frances Watson to “find the scam” and that if so, she would be a “national heroine.”
The person who gave the erroneous quotations for the December 23rd story has been identified by the Washington Post as Jordan Fuchs, Deputy Secretary of State of Georgia. She gave that one interview postErik Wemple said to him on Tuesday, “I think the story accurately reflected the investigator’s interpretation of the call. The only mistake here was in the direct quotation marks, and they should have been more of a summary.”
“I find it pretty absurd when someone claims that the president did not ask the investigator to find the fraud,” added Fuchs [Watson] told me then. “
When the recording of the was released Wall Street Journalthey stated:
When the Post first reported the call, state officials said they did not believe a record existed. According to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the internal process, officers found the recording in a trash can on Watson’s device while responding to a request for public records.
Wonder who that was As for the original, flawed characterizations of Fuchs, if she was really concerned about illegal pressure being put on the phone call that Watson didn’t think he was feeling, she could have gone to law enforcement and kept the call log. Instead, she went to the Washington Post and the recording has been put in the trash.
“They secretly recorded the phone call, misrepresented its content in the news media, and then tried to destroy the recording. It shatters confidence, “said David Shafer, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party TAC.
Fuchs’ involvement in the December 23 incident has led many to believe that she was also the source of the leaked January 2 recording, also published by the Washington Post. Two sources told TAC that this was actually the case. The only three people on Raffensperger’s side of the January 2 appeal were Raffensperger himself, General Counsel Ryan Germany, and Fuchs. Fuchs also had an existing relationship with one of the post Reporters whose byline was on the story.
“She refuses to confirm whether she recorded the call on January 2nd,” said Mark Rountree, president of Landmark Communications TAC. “She hides from that.” A second source working on Georgian politics also identified Fuchs as the source of the Jan. 2 recording.
“She hid from both of them, but before Washington Post outed her for the first call. The question now is whether they’ll get her out on the second call. “Rountree told TAC.
Rountree’s firm has hired both Fuchs and State Department COO Gabriel Sterling as vice president, who has been the face of the backlash against the Trump campaign fraud allegations in Georgia. Rountree also helped run Brad Raffensperger’s 2018 campaign for the office. So these are people he knows pretty well.
Fuchs reportedly told another former Landmark employee that she traveled to Florida on January 1. Florida is a two-party consent state. So if she is the source of the tape and it was recorded there, it may have violated the Florida wiretapping law.
Fuchs didn’t answer questions about her location that day or whether she was the source of the recording, which was read for about 12 hours. Gabriel Sterling also didn’t answer the same questions.
“When she worked here, she was obsessed with that Washington Post. They would walk past her office and that was on her monitor Washington Postall the time, ”added Rountree. “She’s obsessed with that post and she feels like people who are not in the Washington Post are not important. She was kind of delighted and obsessed while doing an internship in Washington DC for a year. I think she was just excited about the dirty politics idea, Woodward, Bernstein and Nixon. “
The Washington Post The original story ran on Jan. 9, claiming that Trump said “find the scam” and that Georgian investigator Frances Watson would be a “national hero” if she did. Since then, they have corrected the story to reflect Trump’s true words and identified Fuchs as the source. The Office of the Foreign Minister could have corrected the minutes as originally received by the postin the middle of a heated election debate, but they didn’t. Numerous other outlets ran with the story based on the same anonymous procurement.
If there was a fox Not This means that there is more than one official in the Georgian Foreign Minister’s office licking in a politicized manner. That means the office has bigger problems.
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