Religion News Service reports:
While most of those indicted are lawyers or people with close connections to Trump, at least one is a faith leader: an Illinois pastor and former police chaplain charged in connection with efforts to intimidate Georgia election workers. The indictment singles out the Rev. Stephen Cliffgard Lee, a pastor within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod denomination, alleging he and 18 others “unlawfully conspired and endeavored to conduct and participate in criminal enterprise in Fulton County, Georgia, and elsewhere.”
Among the specific charges levied against Lee: attempting to influence witnesses and conspiring to solicit false statements and writings. Lee’s involvement revolves around his efforts to contact Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman in December 2020. According to the indictment and Reuters’ reporting, Lee knocked on Freeman’s door, left and later parked his car in her driveway. Alarmed, Freeman called the police.
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Lee is accused of visiting Freeman’s house to “coerce her into falsely confessing to fraud,” telling her he was “working with some folks to get the truth out.”
Did some digging on the pastor indicted alongside Trump (and 17 others) in Georgia:
He’s a former police chaplain and (retired) pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod denomination, who served as an interim pastor in Illinois until this past weekend. https://t.co/NNvPIUcQSb
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) August 15, 2023
According to the indictment, Floyd tried to influence the testimony of Ruby Freeman, a Fulton County election worker, before the Georgia grand jury … Pastor Stephen Lee & publicist Trevian Kutti are also accused of trying to influence Freemanhttps://t.co/PNeSz86XbH
— Jones Murphy (@JonesMurphy) August 15, 2023