“These are really the fallout from 10 weeks of disinformation from former President Donald Trump,” Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan told CNN’s “New Day”. “I went back over the weekend to really see where it had really started to pick up steam in the legislature, and that was when Rudy Giuliani showed up in a few committee rooms and spent some time. hours of spreading misinformation and sowing doubt through, you know, hours. of testimony. “
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment in response to Duncan’s remarks. But during his December testimony, Giuliani falsely claimed that thousands of dead voted in Georgia’s election, insisted that voting machines changed people’s votes, and suggested that thousands more voted illegally. .
“These machines are like Swiss cheese. You can invade them. You can walk in. You can change the vote,” Giuliani mistakenly told state lawmakers on Dec. 30.
Giuliani also targeted Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – who refused to help Trump in his efforts to overturn the election – saying: “Your Secretary of State is engaged in what I consider to be an illegal cover-up. “.
But those remarks still managed to gain traction with lawmakers in GOP states, who passed a package of electoral reforms that imposed new voter identification requirements for mail ballots, limited the use of postal ballots. ballot boxes and made it a crime to approach voters with food and water while they line up. The bill also removed the secretary of state as chairman and voting member of the Georgia state electoral committee and gave state lawmakers more control over the elections.
Georgia GOP officials who helped thwart Trump’s efforts to overturn Georgian election results have supported some elements of the new legislation while examining other aspects of it, particularly efforts to contain the authorities of the Secretary of State.
“The Secretary of State did a great job. I think that was also one of the parts that worried me about the final passage of the law, which ultimately was the culmination of Democratic and Republican ideas.” Duncan told CNN.
“But some of the punitive responses, you know, to removing Raffensperger from this electoral board were just trying to tip their hats off to Donald Trump, and I just didn’t think it was a necessary step.”
As for Giuliani, he is likely to be subject to further scrutiny by the Atlanta area prosecutor. While the heart of Willis’ investigation lies in Trump’s efforts to meddle in the state election, it also examines Trump’s allies who may have assisted him in those efforts. One area Willis is exploring is whether Giuliani may have broken the law by making false statements to the state legislature, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
Willis is also expected to seek additional information from Duncan, who received a document preservation request from his office earlier this year. The request stated that no Georgian official should be the target of his investigation.