Butterfield: If congress had time, impeachment “would be in order” over Trump call

North Carolina Senator Michael Lazzara (R-Jacksonville) is pushing for further investigations into accusations of voter fraud.
An hour-long phone call is stirring political controversy in Eastern North Carolina.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:13 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - An hour-long phone call is stirring political controversy in Eastern North Carolina.

Audio obtained from a phone call between President Trump and GA Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger details how the president asked the state election official to overturn the 2020 election results.

“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” said Pres. Trump. “There’s no way I lost Georgia. There’s no way.”

In the phone call, Trump makes several unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Including ballot shredding, ballots being counted without witnesses, and votes cast by people who have died. During the call , Raffesnsperger said that the state has investigated the claims, but has found no evidence of wrongdoing.

It’s attracting attention from leaders in the East, including Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D) of North Carolina’s first congressional district, who says the call could have violated several state and federal laws.

“If we had the time in the House of Representatives to do further investigation and to begin an impeachment inquiry, it would be in order,” said Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D) of North Carolina’s first congressional district. “The courts have seen it for what it is, and this is nothing but a real shallow attempt on the part of the republicans to overturn the will of the American people.”

The call came just days before a crucial double special Senate election in Georgia, that will decide control of the United States Senate, and before Congress is set to decide whether to certify the results of the Electoral College.

Dozens of Republican members of the house and at least 11 Republican senators have announced they will object to the vote. Republican Senator Richard Burr has said he will certify the results, while Senator Thom Tillis is one of many Republicans who have not expressed support or opposition.

Republicans in our area are doubling down in defense of the president. Newly-elected State Senator Michael Lazzara (R-Jacksonville) calls for further investigations into the president’s accusations of voter fraud.

“If there are accurate allegations and provable allegations of voter fraud, they should be investigated,” said Lazzara. “If he feels that there was inappropriate behavior, and he’s investigated, and his team has investigated, then they have legal right to question that.”

WITN News contacted Republican Congressman Greg Murphy for an interview on the subject, but a spokesperson said he was unavailable.

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