Governor Brian KempThe Georgian Republican issued a joint statement Sunday night saying it would be a violation of state law to call for a special session of the legislature to nullify his state’s election results.
Kemp, along with other Republicans in Peach State, has been facing intense criticism from President Trump over what he sees as a blatant inaction amid his allegations of widespread voter fraud.
Kemp was interviewed last week on “The Ingraham Angle” and talked about some of the limitations of his office when it comes to interfering with vote counting and auditing.
He told Laura Ingraham, the program’s host, that he was concerned about some of the evidence presented during his testimony, but that it was up to the Secretary of State’s office. It is ordered to check the signature.
Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to contact Kemp and Lieutenant Geoff Duncan.
“Did anyone tell the so-called (he says he doesn’t have the power to do anything!) Governor BrianKempGA and his Governor Lieutenant GeoffDuncanGA, that they can solve this mess easily, and WIN. Validate the signature and call a private session. So easy!”
The Associated Press reported that Kemp spoke with Trump by phone on Saturday and asked the president if he would order the hearing, but the governor refused. Duncan told CNN in an interview that he is concerned that the president is providing misinformation.
On Saturday, four Republican senators including William Legion of Brunswick, Greg Dolezal of Cumming, Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, and Bert Jones of Jackson launched a written petition in an effort to collect signatures to force a special session.
State legislators can call a private session on their own, but only if 60% of the members of both houses of the General Assembly demand a written session. This is unlikely, especially since more than 40% of the current state assembly members are Democrats.
Kemp has come under heavy criticism from Trump, who has said he is “ashamed” for endorsing the governor. Kemp reflected on fiercely critical personalities including the president and prominent lawyer Lyn Wood Jr.
“Look, I’m frustrated like [Trump] “It’s a lot of people doing that,” Kemp told Ingraham, and said he still supported the president and his policies.
He said: “As he said, he is a fighter, we have had some battles but no one has worked harder for Donald Trump before November 3 and I have continued to assist his legal campaign efforts and I will continue to do so.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report