Donald Trump’s leaked conversation with Georgia’s top election official, Brad Raffensperger tells him to ‘find’ votes for him to overturn Joe Bidens win or they could face ‘a big risk’ if they fail to do so.
“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Mr Trump told Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in a recording released by the Washington Post.
In an exclusive hour-long call, on January 2, President Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the votes in his favour as he insisted he won the state election and also threatened legal consequences in case the officials did not comply to act.
“The people of Georgia are angry, the people in the country are angry,” Mr Trump is recorded saying on the audiotape, excerpts of which have been aired by CNN.
“And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Mr Trump says. “You’re off by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Mr Raffensperger is heard responding replying that Georgia’s results were correct. “Well, Mr President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
Joe Biden won Georgia’s state election along with other states, winning by 306 Electoral College votes against Mr Trump’s 232.
Winning the election by almost 12,000 votes, the margin remained the same after audits and recounts, proving wrong all the allegations claimed by Mr Trump.
Just 2 days ahead of the special runoff elections in Georgia that will determine the administration of the US Senate, and likewise, three days before Congress is to authorize the election results of the election held on November 3, 2020, the world of the audiotape came forward.
Representative Adam Schiff said, “Trump’s contempt for democracy is laid bare. Pressuring an election official to ‘find’ the votes so he can win is potentially criminal, and another flagrant abuse of power by a corrupt man who would be a despot, if we allowed him. We will not.”
Since the November 3 election vote, President Trump has been alleging electoral fraud without furnishing any evidence.
All of the 50 states have validated the election result, some after recounts and legal appeals. As of now far, US courts have rejected 60 challenges to Mr Biden’s electoral win.
Raffensperger, along with other election officials, who have dropped Trump’s entreaties, in Georgia, and other states, have been receiving death threats from his supporters.