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IU experts available to comment on Trump phone call to Georgia secretary of state

January 4, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- On Sunday, a recording of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger revealed that the president pressured Raffensperger to "find" votes that would overturn the results of the state's presidential election. Raffensperger has since suggested that the Fulton County district attorney may investigate whether Trump violated laws prohibiting interference in federal or state elections. IU law and political science experts are available to comment on the nature of the call and the likelihood of Trump being charged. For more information, contact Marah Yankey at mqharbis@iu.edu or 812-856-1442.

Nicholas Almendares

Accountability, democracy, administrative law, class actions, collective responsibility and liability, election law, protests and democracy, class actions, separation of powers, collective responsibility, campaign financing.

IU Bloomington

Email: nalmend@indiana.edu

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Nicholas Almendares is an associate professor at the Maurer School of Law. His research focuses on accountability and democracy across areas of law such as class actions, separation of powers, collective responsibility and campaign financing. His work takes an interdisciplinary approach, often drawing upon economics, social science and philosophy. (more)

Marjorie Hershey

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

IU Bloomington

Email: hershey@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency. (more)

Gerard Magliocca

Torts, constitutional law, intellectual property, legal history, admiralty.

IUPUI

Email: gmaglioc@iupui.edu

Expert Bio

Gerard N. Magliocca, the Samuel R. Rosen Professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, is the author of four books and over 20 articles on constitutional law and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his law degree from Yale, and he joined the IU faculty after two years at Covington and Burling and one year as a law clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Three of his books have been the subjects of programs on C-Span’s Book TV, including his latest book, on the Bill of Rights. (more)

Steven Webster

Anger and politics, polarization, voting behavior, public opinion.

IU Bloomington

Email: swwebste@iu.edu

Expert Bio

Steven Webster, an assistant professor of political science at IU Bloomington, focuses his research on the role of anger in American politics. His book, "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics," was published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press. He has also written extensively on the growth of "negative partisanship" in the American electorate, as well as the growing amount of polarization between Democrats and Republicans. (more)

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