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Georgia's GOP lieutenant governor says Giuliani's false fraud claims helped lead to restrictive voting law

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A top Georgia Republican said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani's false claims of election fraud -- which were presented before state lawmakers -- created momentum for a package of voting rights restrictions that recently became state law.

(CNN)A top Georgia Republican said Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani's false claims of election fraud -- which were presented before state lawmakers -- created momentum for a package of voting rights restrictions that recently became state law.

Duncan's remarks highlight the continuing aftermath from a pair of appearances Giuliani made before Georgia state lawmakers in December when he was serving on Trump's legal team.

In addition to building momentum for new voting restrictions, Giuliani's appearances have also piqued the interest of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is investigating Trump's efforts to influence Georgia's election results.

But during his December testimony, Giuliani falsely claimed that thousands of dead people voted in the Georgia election, insisted that voting machines had changed people's votes and suggested thousands of others had voted illegally.

You can change the vote," Giuliani incorrectly told state legislators on December 30.

Giuliani also took aim at Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger -- who refused to assist Trump in his efforts to overturn the election -- saying, "your secretary of state is engaged in what I consider an unlawful cover up. "

The bill also removed the secretary of state as chairman and a voting member of the Georgia State Election Board and gave state lawmakers more control over elections.

Georgia GOP officials who helped thwart Trump's efforts to overturn Georgia's election results have supported some components of the new legislation while panning other aspects of it, particularly the efforts to rein in the secretary of state's authorities.

While the crux of Willis' investigation is Trump's efforts to meddle in the state's election, she is also examining Trump allies who may have assisted him in those efforts.

One area Willis is exploring: whether Giuliani may have violated the law by making false statements in front of the state legislature, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

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