In an unexpected turn of events, former President Donald Trump has canceled the scheduled press conference where he intended to present what he called “irrefutable evidence” of voter fraud in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election.
— Daily Wire News (@DailyWireNews) August 18, 2023
The decision, announced on Thursday night, came after his legal team cautioned against holding the event, fearing it could backfire in his ongoing legal battle.
Facing an indictment on 13 felony counts related to his alleged attempts to overturn the election results, Trump took to social media to declare his intention to unveil a comprehensive report on alleged election irregularities in Georgia. He asserted that this detailed report would exonerate him and others from the charges leveled against them.
“Rather than releasing the Report on the Rigged & Stolen Georgia 2020 Presidential Election on Monday, my lawyers would prefer putting this, I believe, Irrefutable & Overwhelming evidence of Election Fraud & Irregularities in formal Legal Filings as we fight to dismiss this disgraceful Indictment by a publicity & campaign finance seeking D.A., who sadly presides over a record breaking Murder & Violent Crime area, Atlanta,” his statement read.
“Therefore, the News Conference is no longer necessary!” the GOP presidential forerunner added.
Trump’s promise of a press conference comes after he was charged in Georgia with attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. The reversal comes as some of his former White House lawyers reportedly warned that the press conference could potentially lead to an obstruction charge, as it might be construed as an attempt to influence the jury pool.
Per The New York Times, his attorneys and advisers have been worried about the information he shares with the public amid his growing legal troubles.
His decision to forgo the press conference was received with mixed reactions, with supporters lamenting the missed opportunity to showcase his evidence, while opponents claimed it was a tacit admission of a lack of substantial proof.
The former president’s assertion that the Georgia election was rigged and stolen has long been a cornerstone of his narrative, with Trump’s communication aides compiling a reportedly extensive report to substantiate these claims.
However, skeptics, including Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp, have consistently rebuffed these allegations.
Kemp, who insists on the integrity of Georgia’s elections, emphasized that no concrete evidence of fraud had been presented in a court of law.
“For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud has failed to come forward under oath and prove anything. Our elections in Georgia are secure, accessible, and fair, and will remain so,” he wrote, asserting that “the 2020 election in Georgia was not stolen.”
The 2020 election in Georgia was not stolen.
For nearly three years now, anyone with evidence of fraud has failed to come forward – under oath – and prove anything in a court of law. Our elections in Georgia are secure, accessible, and fair and will continue to be as long as I… pic.twitter.com/jaru2iBDo7
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) August 15, 2023