Georgia Republican GOP to reassign legislators who supported Trump’s election fraud claim

Lieutenant Gov. Geoff Dunk changed the assignments of the State Senate Committee for Sense on Tuesday. Matt Brass, Brandon Beach, and Bert Jones all joined President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine results in Georgia.

Beach was stripped of his transportation committee chairmanship and Jones was removed as chairman of the insurance and labor committee. According to Duncan’s deputy chief of fees and director of communications, Macy McFallane, Brass was reassigned to the Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions, instead of chairing a politically influential repurchasing and redistricting committee.

The business was expected by Jones, who told CNN that he “had a difference of opinion” from Duncan, who had vehemently backed down over allegations of voter fraud in the Pinnacle state.

“It didn’t bother me, except it was to try to embarrass us and it really annoys me,” Jones said Thursday. “It was really unnecessary and very small.”

He noted that this was the first time since his new year in 2013 that he had not taken over the presidency. Jones also said he and two other senators do not want to overturn the election results, but want to investigate possible issues in the state’s voting process.

“We were not trying to overthrow the election,” he told CNN. “You have to have evidence to turn the election around but you have to check things to get evidence.”

He added that his goal is to “call” Republican Secretary of State Brad Rafensperger, who has consistently denied Trump’s allegations of voter fraud.

Brass and Beach did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Republicans have a majority in the Georgia Senate, 30 seats out of a total of 56 in the chamber.

Jones, along with Beach, praised the Texas federal lawsuit seeking to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in major war-torn states, including Georgia. The legislators at the time accused him of “misconduct, fraud and irregularities during the voting process.” The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

The December statement read: “We are the trustees of the people, and we must protect their vote against all those, foreign and domestic, who deceive them with their collective decision on the ballot.”

McAfee Lay said the assignments to the new state Senate committee are effective immediately.

Duncan said in a statement Tuesday that the committee chairs are uniquely qualified to develop real and lasting solutions aimed at making Georgia better. “The Senate will continue to prioritize the work of the Labor Committee and cool public policy, and I look forward to working closely with each of our chairmen and their committee members as we work to develop policies that advance the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”