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Georgia Republicans reassign GOP lawmakers who supported Trump's election fraud claims

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Georgia Republicans have reassigned three fellow GOP lawmakers who backed baseless allegations of voter fraud related to the November presidential election.

(CNN)Georgia Republicans have reassigned three fellow GOP lawmakers who backed baseless allegations of voter fraud related to the November presidential election.

Geoff Duncan on Tuesday changed state senate committee assignments for Sens.

Matt Brass, Brandon Beach and Burt Jones, all of whom joined President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine the results in Georgia.

Beach was stripped of his chairmanship of the Transportation committee and Jones was removed as chairman of the Insurance and Labor Committee.

Brass was re-assigned to the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, instead of remaining as head of the politically influential Reapportionment and Redistricting committee, according to Macy McFall, deputy chief of staff and director of communications for Duncan's office.

The demotion was expected by Jones, who told CNN that "he had a difference of opinion" from Duncan, who has vehemently pushed back against allegations of voter fraud in the Peach State.

Jones also said he and the other two senators weren't looking to overturn the election results but wanted a deeper investigation into potential issues in the state's voting process.

"We weren't trying to overturn an election," he told CNN.

He added that his goal was to "call out" Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, who has consistently rejected Trump's claims of voter fraud.

Jones, along with Beach, applauded the Texas federal lawsuit seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in key battleground states including Georgia.

The lawmakers at the time had alleged "misconduct, fraud, and irregularities throughout the voting process. " The lawsuit that was ultimately denied.

McFall said that the new state Senate committee assignments are effective immediately.

"These committee chairs are uniquely qualified to develop real and lasting solutions aimed at building a better Georgia," Duncan said in a Tuesday statement.

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