Georgia secretary of state says David Perdue 'still owes my wife an apology' for death threats after calling for his resignation

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Brynn Anderson/AP
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday strongly defended himself against attacks from GOP Sen. David Perdue after the release of a recorded phone conversation in which President Donald Trump pressured Raffensperger to overturn the state's election result.

  • "Senator Perdue still owes my wife an apology for all the death threats she got after he asked for my resignation," he said on Fox News. "I have not heard one peep from that man since."

  • The president, over an hourlong conversation, asked Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes" to overcome Joe Biden's win and continued to push the false narrative that he won the state.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday strongly defended himself against attacks from GOP Sen. David Perdue after the release of a recorded phone conversation in which President Donald Trump pressured Raffensperger to overturn the state's election result.

In a testy interview on Fox News, Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, slammed Perdue for saying that recording the call was "disgusting."

After the November election, in which Joe Biden win Georgia by nearly 12,000 votes, Trump and many leading Republican officials decried the result and spewed debunked allegations of fraud to explain the president's loss.

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Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Georgia Republicans who are both in runoff elections on Tuesday, called on Raffensperger to resign, accusing him of mismanaging the election and lacking transparency.

Raffensperger refused to entertain their proposal.

On Monday, Raffensperger called on Perdue to apologize to his wife, who he said was the target of threats after the calls for him to step down.

"Senator Perdue still owes my wife an apology for all the death threats she got after he asked for my resignation," he said on Fox News. "I have not heard one peep from that man since. If he wants to call me, face-to-face, man-to-man, I'll talk to him, off the record, but he hasn't done that."

Raffensperger said that he wasn't holding a grudge but was interested in making sure people were correctly informed about the election result.

"It's really about getting the facts out," he said. "Because we just did a press release today. President Trump probably had eight to 10 points. Every one of his numbers were wrong. We have a poster board of all the different numbers - the actual numbers, the real numbers that we have versus what they have. Our numbers will be supported in a court of law. Their numbers will not be."

In the recently released tape, Trump asked Raffensperger to "find 11,780 votes" to overcome Biden's win and falsely claimed that he actually won the state.

Officials in Raffensperger's office recorded the hourlong call, and the secretary of state insisted that he didn't plan to release the recording. But Trump continued to attack Raffensperger and give misleading statements about the nature of the conversation, and the tape was released.

The Washington Post first reported on the recording.

In a separate appearance on Fox News, Perdue contended that Raffensperger should not have recorded Trump.

"I guess I was raised differently," Perdue said. "To have a statewide elected official, regardless of party, tape without disclosing a conversation - private conversation - with the president of the United States and then leaking it to the press is disgusting."

The exchange between Perdue and Raffensperger reflects the tightrope that the Republican Party must walk to retain two key Senate seats and maintain some comity in the state.

Raffensperger told NBC News on Monday that he didn't know how the tape was released but said that people were "the better for it."

"Now everyone can listen to the whole one-hour, eight-minute call that we had with the president," he added. "But at the end of the day, what he said was not factually correct. And I want to make sure that people understand the facts."

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