Trump demanded Georgia’s secretary of state ‘find’ him votes to overturn election result in hour-long harangue

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President Donald Trump in Florida on New Year’s Eve (AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump in Florida on New Year’s Eve (AFP via Getty Images)

Donald Trump demanded Georgia’s secretary of state “find” him enough votes to overturn his election defeat in a hour-long harangue.

Mr Trump berated the state’s Republican election chief Brad Raffensperger in a taped phone call published by the Washington Post.

Throughout the call Mr Raffensperger and his officials reportedly told the outgoing president that Joe Biden’s 11,779-vote victory in Georgia was fair and accurate.

Earlier White House advisor Peter Navarro has called for President-elect Joe Biden’s 20 January inauguration to be postponed, despite the call being at odds with the Constitution.

Appearing on Fox News show "Justice with Judge Jeanine," Mr Navarro suggested that Mr Biden’s inauguration could be postponed if Vice President Mike Pence ordered an investigation into the November election results.

"I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this," the White House advisor said, referring to the election results. "And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done. And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won't vote the right way on that."

Mr Navarro appeared to be referring to the Wednesday joint session chaired by Mr Pence that is expected to see Biden’s victory certified, despite opposition from some GOP senators.

Under the Constitution, the terms of a new president and vice president must begin on 20 January and it is unclear how the handover could be delayed.

President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Mr Navarro’s claims, however.

In a separate tweet, the US leader also baselessly accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of exaggerating the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and resulting deaths in the US as the country’s death toll surpassed 350,000.