• Trump directly called a GOP leader in Arizona twice as he tried to overturn the election.
  • Clint Hickman, chairman of the Maricopa County Oversight Board sent it on voicemail.
  • “I said to people, ‘Please don’t let the president call me,’” he said. The New York Times.

Former President Donald Trump twice called on GOP Chairman of the Maricopa County Supervisory Board Clint Hickman as he tried to overturn the election results, The New York Times reported.

Hickman told The Times he sent Trump’s calls directly to voicemail.

“I said to people, ‘Please don’t ask the president to call me,’” he said.

The calls were made in late December and early January, he told The Times. The first call came on New Years Eve with a voicemail message from the White House switchboard indicating that Trump wanted to speak to him. The next call arrived four days later and was also sent to voicemail.

Hickman said at that time that he had already read a transcript of Trump’s call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, where Trump asked him to “find” votes to overturn Biden’s statewide victory, and the county was already in dispute over the election results.

“I had seen what had happened in Georgia and I was like, ‘I don’t want to be part of this madness and the only way to get in is to call the president back,” Hickman said. .

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For months after the election, Trump and his allies launched lawsuits across the country in an attempt to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.

In a tight race, Biden won Arizona but Hickman said state Republican Party chairperson and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani were pressuring him to investigate fraud in his county’s election. Biden won in Maricopa County.

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Republic of Arizona showed tapes of phone calls to Hickman from Trump and Giuliani.

The Arizona State Senate asked an audit of all 2.1 million votes cast in the county, which is still in progress.

Trump and his allies have carried out dozens of unsuccessful lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election and have repeatedly made false statements that he would be reinstated.

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