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In phone call, Trump asked official to 'find' votes in Georgia

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US President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's top election official to "find" enough votes to overturn his defeat in the southern state, according to excerpts of a recording of the hour-long call released by the Washington Post a few hours ago.

The Washington Post said that during the call Trump alternately flattered, begged and threatened Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger with vague criminal consequences in an attempt to undo his loss.

Raffensperger and his office's general counsel rejected Trump's assertions throughout, and told the President that he was relying on debunked conspiracy theories spread on social media about what was a fair and accurate election, according to the audio excerpts and the newspaper's account.

"The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry," Trump said, according to one audio excerpt published online by the Post. "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," Trump said in the recording, insisting that there was "no way" he lost 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. Even if Trump had won Georgia's 16 Electoral College votes, he would still have lost the White House to Biden.

Before the Washington Post published its report of the call, Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Raffensperger about 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. He has no clue!" Trump tweeted.

Raffensperger responded on Twitter: "Respectfully, President Trump: What you're saying is not true. The truth will come out."

You can listen to the full audio of the roughly one-hour phone call here.

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2021-01-03 21:24:00Z

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