Donald Trump Tells Election Official To 'Find' Votes In Leaked Call
In a recording released by the Washington Post, Trump says to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger: "I just want to find 11,780 votes."
In the call, Raffensperger can be heard telling Trump that Georgia's results were correct.
Insisting that he won the election in Georga, Trump tells Raffensperger that there was 'nothing wrong with saying you have recalculated', to which Raffensberger replies: "The challenge you have Mr President is that the data you have is wrong."
Trump tweeted yesterday to say he'd spoken with Raffensperger 'about Fulton County and voter fraud in Georgia'
"He was unwilling, or unable, to answer questions such as the 'ballots under table' scam, ballot destruction, out of state "voters", dead voters, and more," Trump wrote.
"He has no clue!"
Raffensperger quote-tweeted the president's post, disputing it.
"The truth will come out," he said.
Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out https://t.co/ViYjTSeRcC
- GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) January 3, 2021
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Since the 3 November vote, Trump has claimed there has been widespread electoral fraud.
However, he has been unable to provide any evidence for the foul play he alleges.
Joe Biden won Georgia, along with other swing states, after winning 306 college votes to Trump's 232.
In the excerpts from the leaked call, Trump alternates between cajoling and pressuring Raffensperger.
At one point he speaks of a rumour that ballots had been shredded and voting machinery removed from Fulton County in the state, which Raffensperger's lawyer said was not the case.
Threatening Raffensperger and his lawyer with the possibility of legal action, Trump says: "You know what they did and you're not reporting it. That's a criminal offence. You can't let that happen. That's a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer."
He also orders Raffensberger to re-examine the result in the state, telling him: "You can re-examine it, but re-examine it with people who want to find answers, not people who don't want to find answers."
Raffensperger responds: "Mr President, you have people who submit information and we have our people that submit information and then it comes before the court and the court has to make a determination.
"We have to stand by our numbers, we believe our numbers are right."
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