WASHINGTON — President Trump demanded that Georgia’s Republican secretary of state “find” him sufficient votes to overturn the presidential election, and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense,” throughout an hourlong phone dialog with him on Saturday, in accordance to audio excerpts from the dialog.
Mr. Trump, who has spent nearly 9 weeks making false conspiracy claims about his loss to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., instructed Brad Raffensperger, the state’s prime elections official, that Mr. Raffensperger ought to recalculate the vote rely so Mr. Trump would win the state’s 16 electoral votes.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,” Mr. Trump stated on the decision, a recording of which was obtained by The Washington Post, which revealed excerpts from the audio on its web site Sunday. “Because we won the state.”
Mr. Raffensperger rejected the president’s efforts to get him to reverse the election outcomes, that are set to be licensed by Congress throughout a session on Wednesday. Some of Mr. Trump’s allies within the House and the Senate have stated they’ll object to the outcomes of the elections in a number of states, together with Georgia.
But Mr. Raffensperger instructed Mr. Trump that he stood by the outcomes.
“Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is the data you have is wrong,” he stated, in accordance to the audio recording.
During the decision, the president provided a number of false conspiracy theories, together with debunked fees that ballots in Fulton County have been shredded and that voting machines operated by Dominion Voting Systems have been tampered with and changed. Ryan Germany, the authorized counsel in Mr. Raffensperger’s workplace, will be heard telling the president that such fees are unfaithful.
“You should want to have an accurate election. And you’re a Republican,” Mr. Trump instructed Mr. Raffensperger, who replied that “we believe that we do have an accurate election.”
Mr. Trump responded: “No, no, no, you don’t, you don’t have, you don’t have, not even close. You guys, you’re off by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Then the president advised that Mr. Raffensperger might be prosecuted criminally.
“You know what they did and you’re not reporting it,” the president stated. “You know, that’s a criminal — that’s a criminal offense. And you know, you can’t let that happen. That’s a big risk to you and to Ryan, your lawyer. That’s a big risk.”
The president confirmed the decision in a tweet Sunday morning, claiming that Mr. Raffensperger “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!”
In a response on Twitter, Mr. Raffensperger wrote: “Respectfully, President Trump: What you’re saying is not true. The truth will come out.”