Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's Office Fires Back at Donald Trump Over Election Interference Demands

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has refuted President Donald Trump's calls for him to "overrule" Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on how votes are tabulated amid a second recount in the state

Trump suggested the Republican governor use "emergency powers" to influence Raffensperger, in regard to his campaign's demands for further signature matching amid an election recount.

"Why won't Governor @BrianKempGA, the hapless Governor of Georgia, use his emergency powers, which can be easily done, to overrule his obstinate Secretary of State, and do a match of signatures on envelopes," Trump said in a tweet on Monday.

"It will be a 'goldmine' of fraud, and we will easily WIN the state."

He added: "Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!"

However, in Georgia mail-in ballots were separated from their envelopes after signatures were initially verified. This measure, in place to protect voter privacy, would make matching ballots to envelopes an impossibility during a recount with them having already been split apart.

....Also, quickly check the number of envelopes versus the number of ballots. You may just find that there are many more ballots than there are envelopes. So simple, and so easy to do. Georgia Republicans are angry, all Republicans are angry. Get it done!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2020

On the latter request, 11Alive reports that envelopes are kept for records purposes, though reiterated there is no way to connect them with ballots once signatures have already been verified and the two items separated.

Following the president's tweets, which were marked by Twitter as being disputed, Cody Hall, communications director for Kemp, told Newsweek: "Georgia law prohibits the Governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight over elections that cannot be overridden by executive order.

"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."

Trump's campaign requested a second recount in the state after a hand recount showed again Biden having received more votes there. The request was made after Georgia had certified its statewide results after the hand count.

A statement from the Trump campaign legal team earlier this month said: "President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards. Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted.

"If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount. Let's stop giving the People false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it is coming soon."

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign and Raffensperger's office for comment.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a press conference announcing statewide expanded COVID testing on August 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Donald Trump has asked him to get involved with how votes are counted amid a recount in the state. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images