- Former President Donald Trump requested an audit of 2020 election ends in Texas, a state that he received.
- Texas’ Secretary of State introduced “complete forensic” audits of 4 of the state’s largest counties.
- Fox Information’ Chris Wallace requested Gov. Greg Abbott if he was “undermining” confidence in elections by agreeing to the audit.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defended the state’s determination to conduct an election audit of 2020 presidential outcomes at former President Donald Trump’s request, regardless of overwhelming proof that the previous president safely received the state.
Trump issued a letter to Abbott final week demanding an election audit, claiming “Texans know voting fraud occurred in a few of their counties.” The Texas Secretary of State responded by confirming they might launch a “complete forensic” audit of ends in 4 of the state’s largest counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin. President Joe Biden received all however Collin County.
Fox Information host Chris Wallace pressed Abbott, a Republican up for reelection in 2022, on the problem on Fox Information Sunday, noting that Trump safely received the state by lots of of hundreds of votes.
“Is not it only a horrible waste of taxpayer cash to have an audit in a state that everyone says went advantageous and that President Trump received by 600,000 votes, and are not you contributing to this undermining confidence in our election course of?” Wallace requested.
“There are audits of each facet of presidency,” Abbott mentioned. “Why can we audit the whole lot on this world however individuals elevate their arms in concern after we audit elections, which is prime to our democracy?”
Abbott went on to say that there have been already election audits in progress, though Wallace famous that the audits within the newest 4 counties have been new and launched “inside hours” of Trump’s letter.
“We all know whatever the consequence of those audits, Donald Trump will nonetheless have received the state of Texas. Nevertheless, we do have each single 12 months together with within the 2020 elections, allegations of unlawful voting,” Abbott mentioned.
He added that the state has a “accountability to make sure the integrity and confidence” of elections. Critics of Abbott have recommended he bowed to strain from the previous president.
Of the handfuls of lawsuits that Trump and his staff have filed difficult the outcomes of the 2020 election, none have been profitable. In December 2020, Lawyer Common William Barr mentioned the Division of Justice and the FBI didn’t discover any proof of widespread election fraud.