On Friday, Trump demanded “a strong and real Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam — not a weak risk-limiting audit that is being slow-walked through the Secretary of State’s office.”
Abbott has not yet publicly responded to Trump’s latest request, and officials in Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s inquiries.
There’s no evidence that widespread fraud influenced the 2020 election results in Texas, Wisconsin or anywhere else.
As governor, Abbott has the power to set the agenda of special sessions. He initially called the current session to focus on other issues, including redistricting, the Covid pandemic and limits on the participation of transgender athletes in school sports.
In his statement, Trump thanked GOP State Sen. Paul Bettencourt for filing an election review bill he prefers in the Senate and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who presides over the Senate, for sending the bill to a key Senate committee.
“Everyone feels certain Governor Abbott will follow suit,” Trump added. “This will have a big impact on the upcoming 2022 and 2024 elections in Texas.”