Trump pressures Georgia election official in call

U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to (quote), "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state, according to audio of a Saturday phone call obtained by the Washington Post.

The Post, which published excerpts on Sunday of the hour-long call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, said Trump alternately flattered, begged and threatened Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an attempt to undo his loss in Georgia to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

The newspaper said that throughout the call Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions and told the president that he was relying on debunked conspiracy theories about what was a fair and accurate election. The audio excerpts published by the Post confirmed that.

According to the excerpts of the recording published online by the Post, Trump insisted there was “no way” he lost in Georgia, and said, quote, "The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry. And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated. So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

The White House declined to comment. Raffensperger's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Biden's transition office had no immediate comment.

It was Trump's latest effort to push unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Georgia is one of several crucial swing states where Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to Biden, and where Trump has since made unfounded allegations of election fraud and sought to overturn the results.

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- US President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to quote "Find enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state," according to audio of a Saturday phone call obtained by the Washington Post. The Post, which published excerpts on Sunday of the hour long call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, said Trump alternately flattered, begged, and threatened Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an attempt to undo his loss in Georgia to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.

The newspaper said that throughout the call Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions, and told the President that he was relying on debunked conspiracy theories about what was a fair and accurate election. The audio excerpts published by The Post confirmed that. According to the audio excerpts, Trump insisted there was quote "no way he lost in Georgia."

And said, quote "The people of Georgia are angry. The people in the country are angry. And there's nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you've recalculated. So look, all I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."

The White House declined to comment. Raffensperger's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Biden's transition office had no immediate comment. It was Trump's latest effort to push unfounded claims of voter fraud.

Georgia is one of several crucial swing states where Trump lost the November 3 election to Biden, and where Trump has since made unfounded allegations of election fraud, and sought to overturn the results.