Trump news - live: President warns ‘they’re not taking this White House’ and says he hopes Pence ‘comes through’

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Donald Trump’s phone calls have gotten him into considerable trouble over the years. (AFP via Getty Images)
Donald Trump’s phone calls have gotten him into considerable trouble over the years. (AFP via Getty Images)

A leaked phone call between Donald Trump and Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger in which the US president appeals for the official to help overturn the state’s election result has triggered demands for a criminal investigation.

The call, which was first published by The Washington Post on Sunday, finds Mr Trump - who has doggedly refused to accept his defeat - attempting to pressure Mr Raffensperger into changing the state’s certified result, which saw Joe Biden claim a narrow victory on 3 November.

Democratic senator Dick Durbin branded Mr Trump “unhinged and dangerous” following the publication of the phone call, while congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the president to be impeached for a second time.

On Monday, two Democratic members of Congress, Reps Ted Lieu and Kathleen Rice, asked FBI director Christopher Wray to open a criminal probe into Mr Trump over the issue.

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