Trump, on tape, presses Ga. official to 'find' him votes

 

January 5, 2021

Anna Moneymaker, New York Times

President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2020, upon returning from a trip to Florida. President Trump demanded that Georgia's Republican secretary of state "find" him enough votes to overturn the presidential election, and vaguely threatened him with "a criminal offense," during an hourlong telephone conversation with him on Saturday, according to audio excerpts from the conversation.

ATLANTA - President Donald Trump pressured Georgia's Republican secretary of state to "find" enough votes to overturn Joe Biden's win in the state's presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of "criminal offense" if officials did not change the vote count, according to a recording of the conversation.

The phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Saturday was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by a sitting president to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of a free and fair election that he lost. The president, who has refused to accept his loss to Democratic president-elect Biden, repeatedly argued that Raffensperger could change the certified results.

"All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have," Trump said. "Because we won the state."

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